New Federal Trial Set To Hear Arguments Over Kobach's Voter Citizenship Law

Apr 9, 2014

A federal trial has been scheduled in a lawsuit challenging a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

U.S. Magistrate Gerald Rushfelt in Kansas City set a schedule this week for hearing the lawsuit.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is being sued by northeast Kansas residents Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner.

Both live in a retirement home in Overbrook.

The suit says neither man had a driver’s license, computer or access to the birth records needed to secure a photo ID.

The law took effect in 2012, and in the November election, Spry and Hamner’s ballots weren’t counted because neither showed photo ID at the polls.

The trial is set to take three days next May.