Kobach May Implement Two Tier Voting System in Kansas

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach may be increasing the workload for county election commissioners.

Kobach may have to implement a system that would allow some voters to vote in all elections while others could only vote in elections for Congress and Presidential candidates.

Most people don't know you can register to vote with a federal form that does not require proof of citizenship, just an oath that you are a citizen and penalty of perjury.

Kobach doesn't like the federal form because he says it doesn't follow Kansas law. So he's telling election commissioners to track those voters who use the federal form and set up a seperate category for them in voting data bases as a contingency plan.

The critics say Kobach is trying to supress votes. Kobach says the critics have it all wrong.

"It's a contingency plan", Kobach said. "If the lawsuit where Kansas and Arizona are suing the federal government, if that doesn't work out, then and only then would there be a two tier election. And the reason is the law would require us to do so".

Still a Legislative Research report says there could be three classes of registered voters under the Kobach plan.

Some voters find it all confusing.
"Yes, it's confusing," said Sherry Mclean. "Because of a diversified culture now I think so. I think it's a little difficult."

The Kobach plan will be put in place if he loses a lawsuit filed against the Election Assistance Commission to close the federal form loophole.

However, if he does go ahead with the two tiered voter registration system, The ACLU says it will sue him to stop it.

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