UPDATE: Judge rules for Kobach on voter registration

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas judge has cleared the way for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to use a dual voting system to enforce the state's proof-of-citizenship for new voters.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis on Friday denied the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a preliminary injunction to stop Kobach from implementing a new policy.

Under that policy, Kansans who used a national form to register without providing proof of citizenship will be able to complete full ballots in the Aug. 5 primary -- but only their votes in U.S. House and Senate will be counted.

Voters who registered using the Kansas state form without providing proof of citizenship will have none of their ballots counted.

The national registration form does not require documentation of citizenship.


Previous story:

The American Civil Liberties Union and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are heading to court again in their battle over Kobach's attempts to enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.

The ACLU hoped a Shawnee County judge would use Friday's hearing to review its request for a temporary injunction to keep Kobach from imposing a new policy for the state's Aug. 5 primary elections.

Kobach has said that Kansas residents who register with a national form will be allowed to complete full ballots, but only their votes in congressional races will be counted.

The national registration form does not require voters to submit documentation of their U.S. citizenship. The state's registration form does.


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