voter ID http://kmuw.org en Kansas And Arizona Will Receive More Time In Voter Citizenship Case http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-and-arizona-will-receive-more-time-voter-citizenship-case <p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren says Kansas and Arizona will get more time to respond to federal election officials’ request for a stay.</p><p>Melgren’s recent ruling requires them to enforce Kansas and Arizona’s new laws requiring voters to prove U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.</p><p>In March, Melgren ordered The U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form to add special instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about those states’ proof-of-citizenship requirements.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:22:54 +0000 Associated Press 33037 at http://kmuw.org 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 U.S. District Court Ruling Allows States To Require Proof Of Citizenship On Federal Voting Forms http://kmuw.org/post/us-district-court-ruling-allows-states-require-proof-citizenship-federal-voting-forms <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren&nbsp;ruled Wednesday afternoon that federal voter registration forms in both Kansas and Arizona will be modified to reflect the state forms.</p><p>Judge Melgren answered one key question with today’s decision: that it’s ultimately a state’s right to determine what is on their federal voter registration forms, and not that of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:09:44 +0000 Sean Sandefur 31732 at http://kmuw.org U.S. District Court Ruling Allows States To Require Proof Of Citizenship On Federal Voting Forms 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 Judge Melgren Agrees To Limit Evidence In Voter Citizenship Case http://kmuw.org/post/judge-melgren-agrees-limit-evidence-voter-citizenship-case <p>A judge has agreed to limit what material the court can consider in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona. The suit seeks to force federal election officials to change voter registration forms to require proof-of-citizenship from residents in those states.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sided with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Wednesday.</p><p>Melgren will limit his review to the existing administrative record, rather than hold an evidentiary hearing in the case.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:14:28 +0000 Associated Press 29898 at http://kmuw.org Commission: Voter Citizenship Law Could Prevent Eligible Citizens From Voting http://kmuw.org/post/commission-voter-citizenship-law-could-prevent-eligible-citizens-voting <p>The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has found that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements could hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.</p><p>Their ruling late Friday denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the federal registration form for their residents.</p><p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the states now will press their constitutional claims before the U.S. District Court in Kansas.</p><p>Kobach says the decision is unconstitutional because it prevents the states from securing their voter rolls.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:56:39 +0000 Associated Press 29121 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 Kansas, Arizona Seek Order On Voter Citizenship Laws http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-arizona-seek-order-voter-citizenship-laws <p>Kansas and Arizona are asking a court to force the Federal Election Assistance Commission to quickly modify voter registration forms so the states can fully enforce new proof-of-citizenship laws. The states want the commission to change the national mail-in voter registration form to include specific proof-of-citizenship instructions for Kansas and Arizona residents.<br /><br />The two states filed a request Wednesday for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the EAC.<br /><br />They want a hearing by or shortly after November 12.<br /> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:27:13 +0000 Associated Press 25305 at http://kmuw.org Group Seeks Repeal Of Kansas Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/group-seeks-repeal-kansas-voter-citizenship-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 100 people from the Wichita-based voter advocacy group </span>KanVote<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rallied at the State House Tuesday&nbsp;urging legislators to repeal the new voter law. But their effort immediately stalled.</span><br><br>The NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Kansas have also called publicly for the law's repeal.<br><br>More than 15,900 legal Kansas residents' voter registrations are "on hold" because they have yet to provide proper documents; until then, they can't legally vote.<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:32:55 +0000 Associated Press 22908 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