voter registration http://kmuw.org en Scott Morgan: 'Duel' Voting System Will Confuse Voters And Suppress Turnout http://kmuw.org/post/scott-morgan-duel-voting-system-will-confuse-voters-and-suppress-turnout <p>Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a “dual” voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.</p><p>Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism Tuesday of the Kobach-designed system came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:21 +0000 Associated Press 37910 at http://kmuw.org Republicans Maintain Voter-Registration Advantage http://kmuw.org/post/republicans-maintain-voter-registration-advantage <p>New figures from the Kansas secretary of state’s office show that Republicans have maintained their significant voter-registration advantage since March.</p><p>But the preliminary numbers released Wednesday also show a small increase in the number of unaffiliated voters since March 1. The registration deadline for the August 5 primary was Tuesday.</p><p><strong>Kansas Voter Breakdown</strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:12:05 +0000 Associated Press 37614 at http://kmuw.org 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 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 More Groups Want To Join Opposition Against Kansas Voter Citizenship Law http://kmuw.org/post/more-groups-want-join-opposition-against-kansas-voter-citizenship-law <p>The national League of Women Voters and the group's Kansas and Arizona chapters want to intervene in a federal lawsuit over proof-of-citizenship laws in the two states.</p><p>The groups filed their requests in a federal court case in Kansas on Thursday.</p><p>The national advocacy group Common Cause, three Arizona-based Hispanic-rights groups, and an Arizona political consultant also filed requests to intervene.</p><p>Kansas and Arizona and Secretaries of State Kris Kobach and Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit in August.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:37:13 +0000 Associated Press 26659 at http://kmuw.org Number Of 'On Hold' Kansas Voter Registrations Rising Again http://kmuw.org/post/number-hold-kansas-voter-registrations-rising-again <p>The number of voter registrations on hold in Kansas is rising again.</p><p>The state's new proof-of-citizenship requirement has many new voters in limbo until they prove they're U.S. citizens.</p><p>Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office says that almost 17,700 registrations are on hold now.</p><p>Those "on hold" have not yet provided a birth certificate, passport or other papers documenting their U.S. citizenship to election officials.</p><p>The figure peaked at about 18,500 in October but then dropped to fewer than 17,200.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Associated Press 26605 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 Kansas Voter Registrations Can Be On Hold For Years http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-voter-registrations-can-be-hold-years <p></p><p>As Kansas election officials deal with prospective voters who've not yet complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, hundreds of registrations have remained on hold for more than a year for other reasons. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:44:39 +0000 Associated Press 23859 at http://kmuw.org