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The EAC refused, and the states sued, leading to Judge Melgren’s ruling last week.

A number of civil rights groups in both states joined in Friday’s appeal, which was filed with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Kobach said the appeal will have a tough time.

“The judge’s opinion is a very careful one that follows the Supreme Court’s precedents,” he said.