voter ID laws http://kmuw.org en New Federal Trial Set To Hear Arguments Over Kobach's Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/new-federal-trial-set-hear-arguments-over-kobachs-voter-citizenship-law <p>A federal trial has been scheduled in a lawsuit challenging a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.</p><p>U.S. Magistrate Gerald Rushfelt in Kansas City set a schedule this week for hearing the lawsuit.</p><p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is being sued by northeast Kansas residents Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner.</p><p>Both live in a retirement home in Overbrook.</p><p>The suit says neither man had a driver’s license, computer or access to the birth records needed to secure a photo ID.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:01:40 +0000 Associated Press 32744 at http://kmuw.org Judge Eric Melgren Rejects Claim Against Kris Kobach's Right To Sue Over Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/judge-eric-melgren-rejects-claim-against-kris-kobachs-right-sue-over-voter-citizenship-law <p>A judge has rejected the claim against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.</p><p></p><p>Voting rights organizations had claimed that Kobach has no legal authority to file a lawsuit to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the federal voter registration form.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied their request Thursday.</p><p>The court found that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had authorized Kobach to handle the litigation.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:29:18 +0000 Associated Press 29942 at http://kmuw.org Kris Kobach Files A Stay In Lawsuit Over Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/kris-kobach-files-stay-lawsuit-over-voter-citizenship-law <p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit over Kansas' voter proof-of-citizenship law while another case he initiated is being heard.</p><p>Kobach filed the request yesterday in federal court.</p><p>The lawsuit in question was filed against him this November by the American Civil Liberties Union.</p><p>The ACLU wants to prevent Kobach from setting up different registration systems for voters based on whether they use state or federal forms.</p><p>The federal form doesn't require proof of U.S. citizenship.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:17:42 +0000 Associated Press 28170 at http://kmuw.org Judge Eric Melgren To Hear Arguments Over Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/judge-eric-melgren-hear-arguments-over-voter-citizenship-law <p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will hear arguments on Friday in a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona.</p><p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona counterpart Ken Bennett want instructions on the federal form that requires Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.</p><p>Kobach and Bennett want these changes made before next year's mid-term elections.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:42:40 +0000 Associated Press 27579 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Voter Citizenship Law Finds New Opposition In Several Arizona Groups http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-voter-citizenship-law-finds-new-opposition-several-arizona-groups <p>Several Arizona groups want to join a lawsuit opposing efforts by Kansas and Arizona to force a federal agency to help the states' enforce their proof-of-citizenship rules for new voters.</p><p>A motion to intervene was filed Wednesday in federal court in Wichita by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Arizona Advocacy Network, League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona and Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:38:23 +0000 Associated Press 26285 at http://kmuw.org Lawsuit Over KS Voter ID Law Changing Courts http://kmuw.org/post/lawsuit-over-ks-voter-id-law-changing-courts <p></p><p>A lawsuit over the Kansas voter ID law is headed to federal court. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:57:25 +0000 Stephen Koranda 25886 at http://kmuw.org Kobach To Testify In Ohio On Election Laws http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-testify-ohio-election-laws <p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is scheduled to testify before a presidential elections commission Friday in Cincinnati about the state's efforts to crosscheck voter registration databases.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:46:13 +0000 Associated Press 23667 at http://kmuw.org Voting Fix Proposed After 11,000 Delayed Voter Registrations http://kmuw.org/post/voting-fix-proposed-after-11000-delayed-voter-registrations <p>A state board is meeting to consider proposed temporary rules and regulation changes to the Kansas law regarding proof of citizenship for newly registered voters.<br><br>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proposing the rules Tuesday in response to a glitch that caused delays to some 11,000 voter registration applications. Kansas started requiring that new applications to register to vote in the state also include proof of citizenship.<br> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:29:21 +0000 Associated Press 20458 at http://kmuw.org Kobach Says Kansas' Voter ID Law Unaffected By Supreme Court Decision http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-says-kansas-voter-id-law-unaffected-supreme-court-decision <p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters can still be enforced, even though t<a href="http://www.kmuw.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-arizona-voting-law">he U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a similar law in Arizona</a>.<br><br>The Supreme Court said the Arizona law conflicted with federal voting laws.<br><br>Kobach says the Kansas law differs enough from Arizona's version that the court's decision Monday doesn't apply to Kansas.<br><br>County election officials say they were waiting on Kobach's response to the ruling.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:13:22 +0000 Associated Press 19055 at http://kmuw.org Kobach Office Could Get Expanded Power Soon http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-office-could-get-expanded-power-soon <p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he is close to winning legislative approval for new power for his office to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases.&nbsp;<br><br>Secretary of State Kobach said Friday he's optimistic lawmakers will approve the bill when they reconvene this week to wrap up their business for the year.<br><br>The House and Senate have approved different versions of Kobach's bill, setting up negotiations over the final version. Lead House negotiator Lance Kinzer said Kobach's proposal is on track to pass.<br> Mon, 06 May 2013 10:57:25 +0000 Associated Press 16751 at http://kmuw.org