With employees from Dodge City assisting during election season, the ACLU of Kansas contended Wednesday that Ford County clerk Debbie Cox should have sufficient staffing to establish a second polling place.

The organization filed a lawsuit last week to get a polling site added within the city limits before Election Day.

However Ford County officials said adding a second location wouldn't be feasible by Nov. 6.

Dodge City's sole site was temporarily relocated outside the city because of a construction project. The ACLU alleges the move disenfranchises voters, especially those who are Hispanic. They were also concerned that the temporary site wasn't along a public transportation route and drivers have to cross railroad tracks that may be blocked.

In Ford County's response to the lawsuit, officials said there would be free door-to-door bus service to the temporary location and that there wasn't any racial motivation behind relocating the polling place.

Dodge City Mayor Kent Smoll also said that city staff will be trained this week to provide Cox support.

However Micah Kubic, executive director of ACLU of Kansas, said transportation and increased staffing weren't the central issues in the case.

"Unnecessary voting barriers were the central concern," he said.

Kubic also took issue with the attorney that is representing Ford County, calling Brad Schlozman "one of the nation’s foremost voter suppression advocates."

Schlozman served under President George W. Bush as assistant attorney general for civil rights.

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General found that Schlozman wrote in an email, "My tentative plans are to gerrymander all of those crazy libs rights out of the section.”

The choice of counsel seems "less like an innocent oversight and more like aspirational policy," the ACLU said.

A hearing in the federal lawsuit will take place Thursday.