voter ID http://kmuw.org en ACLU And Kobach Head To Court Over Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/aclu-and-kobach-head-court-over-voter-citizenship-law <p>The American Civil Liberties Union and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are heading to court again in their battle over Kobach’s attempts to enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.</p><p>The ACLU hopes a Shawnee County judge will use Friday’s hearing to review its request for a temporary injunction to keep Kobach from imposing a new policy for the state’s Aug. 5 primary elections.</p><p>Kobach has said that Kansas residents who register with a national form will be allowed to complete full ballots, but only their votes in congressional races will be counted.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:22:46 +0000 Associated Press 37314 at http://kmuw.org Kobach Challenger's Daughter Encounters Problems With Voter Registration http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-challengers-daughter-encounters-problems-voter-registration <p>The daughter of a primary challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had her voter registration put on hold temporarily because of a proof-of-citizenship requirement criticized by her father.</p><p>Republican Scott Morgan of Lawrence said Monday the Douglas County clerk’s office told his 18-year-old daughter, Grace, that her registration was incomplete because she hadn’t documented proof of her U.S. citizenship.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:17:55 +0000 Associated Press 36433 at http://kmuw.org Nancy Pelosi And Other Democratic Lawmakers Urge Federal Court To Overturn Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/nancy-pelosi-and-other-democratic-lawmakers-urge-federal-court-overturn-voter-citizenship-law <p>House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers are urging a federal appeals court to overturn a decision by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren. They say it will limit the authority of Congress to regulate federal elections.</p><p>They made a friend-of-the-court filing last week at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona to force federal elections officials to let those states impose their proof-of-citizenship requirements on federal voter registration forms used by residents of their states.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:05:38 +0000 Associated Press 36009 at http://kmuw.org Kansas And Arizona Ask Appeals Court To Lift Emergency Stay Over Voter Citizenship Laws http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-and-arizona-ask-appeals-court-lift-emergency-stay-over-voter-citizenship-laws <p>Kansas and Arizona say they have a sovereign right to require proof of citizenship for voting residents of their states, even for federal elections.</p><p>The two states urged the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to lift the emergency stay it issued last week.</p><p>The appeals court had halted a ruling from U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren, whose ruling required the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify its federal voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona residents.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:51:12 +0000 Associated Press 34432 at http://kmuw.org Court Of Appeals Temporarily Suspends Kansas' Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/court-appeals-temporarily-suspends-kansas-voter-citizenship-law <p>The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily suspended an order requiring Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote with a national form.</p><p>The federal appeals court granted the emergency request by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups.</p><p>Yesterday’s decision means Kansas and Arizona voters can continue to register to vote using the federal form without having to document their citizenship.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:45:52 +0000 Associated Press 34201 at http://kmuw.org U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren Refuses To Stay Order Over Voter Citizenship Laws http://kmuw.org/post/us-district-judge-eric-melgren-refuses-stay-order-over-voter-citizenship-laws <p>On Wednesday, a federal judge in Wichita refused stay his order for federal election officials to immediately enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied the requests from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups to stay his ruling while the case goes to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.</p><p>Melgren ordered the commission to proceed without delay on his March directive to immediately modify its national voter registration form.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:03:15 +0000 Associated Press 34150 at http://kmuw.org Two Senior Citizens Drop Lawsuit Challenging Kansas' Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/two-senior-citizens-drop-lawsuit-challenging-kansas-voter-citizenship-law <p>Two elderly Kansas men have dropped their lawsuit challenging a new state law that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls.</p><p>Attorney Jim Lawing said on Thursday&nbsp;Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner asked to have the case dismissed because it would not be heard before this year’s elections.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas City has granted their request for a dismissal.</p><p>The judge was still considering whether the case should be heard in federal court or state court, as the two men had wanted.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:39:47 +0000 Associated Press & Kate Clause 33556 at http://kmuw.org 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