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Kansans who register to vote using a federal form at the Department of Motor Vehicles will have to provide proof of citizenship as a lawsuit plays out, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The League of Women Voters and other civil rights groups had sought a preliminary injunction to block such rules in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia.

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Thousands of people in Kansas have incomplete voter registrations, which means they haven’t been able to vote. They were caught up in the state’s requirement that some people provide citizenship documents when registering. Now, a federal appeals court says many of those people should be allowed to vote in federal elections.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas has joined a federal class action lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law that requires voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship to register.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's proof-of-citizenship rule is in play again, shortly after the federal registration form was changed.

The federal Justice Department has refused to support a U.S. elections official who sided with Kansas, Alabama and Georgia in a fight over whether voters should have to show proof of citizenship when registering using a national form.

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Known as “Women’s Equality Day,” August 26 is the day when the national law that went into effect in 1920 gave American women the right to vote and hold elective office.

Once the 19th Amendment became law, an organization called the League of Women Voters was created to help educate women about their new responsibility as voters.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar spoke with Mary Knecht of the League’s local chapter about Kansas’ role in this history.

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Today marks the 95th anniversary of the vote that gave women full voting rights in national and state elections.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not an easy victory for the tens of thousands of women involved in the suffrage movement.

The women’s suffrage movement had been waging a battle for equal voting rights for more than 70 years leading up to that crucial vote on Aug.18, 1920.

The ratification vote came down to one vote, from one state: Tennessee.

The head of the League of Women Voters of Kansas is hoping that seeing the governor's schedule could reveal the names of candidates for an open court seat. The league has filed an open records request for the calendars of Gov. Sam Brownback and some of his staff.