Kansas Pondering US Supreme Court's Voter Law Ruling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, June 17, 2013

County elections officials in Kansas say they're planning no immediate changes following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Arizona's proof-of-citizenship requirement for prospective voters.

But critics of a similar Kansas law said Monday that the high court ruling is a victory for them and for preserving voting rights.

The Kansas law took effect in January and applies to people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas. They must provide a birth certificate, passport or some other proof of citizenship.

The high court said the Arizona law conflicted with federal voting laws.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tells KAKE news the Kansas Secure and Fair Voting Act, known also as Safe Act was written while the Arizona law was in court. Kobach says, "We drafted the Safe Act in Kansas to be different from the Arizona law and to specifically avoid the problem that the plaintiffs were complaining about in Arizona."

Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby said he's waiting for guidance from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach before making any changes. Kobach did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.


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