Citizenship law root of Kansas lawsuits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his critics are tangled in two lawsuits over whether Kansas will create a dual voter registration system.

But the disputes are proxies for ongoing battles over the state's proof-of-citizenship law.

The lawsuits in state and federal court deal with how Kansas treats voters who use the federal government's national registration form.

Under a dual registration system, people who use state forms and comply with the proof-of-citizenship rule could vote in any race. People using the federal form don't have to submit citizenship papers but could vote only in federal races.

Kobach is trying to prevent his critics from using the national registration form to undermine the law's enforcement. His opponents want to prevent him from blocking a less restrictive path to voter registration.

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