Kobach: Dispute Over Kansas Voter Names "Not Over"

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says a judge's ruling requiring disclosure isn't the last word on whether Shawnee County election officials must give candidates in a tight Kansas House race a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.

Kobach has filed a federal lawsuit to block the release of the voters' names. He filed his petition in U.S. District Court just hours after Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty ordered county officials to release the names of voters who cast provisional ballots in this week's election.

Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka filed a lawsuit in district court to gain access to the names.

Mah trails her Republican opponent in the 54th House District by 27 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast. She said she wants to contact the voters and help them correct potential problems so their ballots will count.

Kobach contends the disclosure violates federal law and invades voters' privacy.

Mah is a vocal Kobach critic.