Government
8:13 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Kobach Says Kansas' Voter ID Law Unaffected By Supreme Court Decision

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters can still be enforced, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a similar law in Arizona.

The Supreme Court said the Arizona law conflicted with federal voting laws.

Kobach says the Kansas law differs enough from Arizona's version that the court's decision Monday doesn't apply to Kansas.

County election officials say they were waiting on Kobach's response to the ruling.

Kansas' law took effect in January and applies to people registering to vote for the first time in the state. They must provide a birth certificate, passport or some other proof of citizenship.