Federal Judge Says Mah, Corbet Can Contact Provisional Voters

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TOPEKA, Kan. — A federal judge says candidates in a close Kansas House race can contact voters who cast uncounted provisional ballots.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Wednesday ruled against Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a lawsuit he filed last week.

Kobach was trying to keep both Democratic state Rep. Ann Mah and Republican challenger Ken Corbet from contacting the voters in the Topeka-area 54th House District. Mah is one of Kobach's most persistent critics.

Mah trails Corbet by 44 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast. Mah hoped to pick up votes by helping voters correct potential problems with their provisional ballots before Douglas and Shawnee county officials certify election results Thursday.

Kobach argued voter privacy was at stake. Marten disagreed.