The ACLU filed a motion Friday opposing the dismissal of its voting rights case against Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox.
The legal action requests additional polling places in Dodge City.
“We aren’t asking for the moon,” said ACLU of Kansas legal director Lauren Bonds. “Our plaintiffs need, deserve and are legally entitled to an accessible polling place, in town. That’s more than reasonable.”
Cox came under fire in the weeks leading up to the November midterm election after deciding to move the Dodge City’s sole voting location outside city limits because of planned construction at the original location.
The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in October accusing Cox of disenfranchising voters, particularly those in the Hispanic community, and asking a judge to halt the use of the site located on the outskirts of Dodge City.
Cox’s attorney, Bradley Schlozman, filed a motion to dismiss the suit in late November. He said the ACLU’s “condescension underlying this point is staggering.”
Schlozman went on to argue that the 45-minute wait to vote on Election Day was insignificant and complaints moot because Cox has declared her intention to open a second polling location by 2020.
However, the ACLU said Cox hasn’t fully committed to anything.
“She has promised to do nothing,” the organization argues. “She only points to ephemeral ‘plans’ for a new polling place, and then only when the next ‘large volume election takes place.’ ”