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There’s a legal challenge underway to a new state regulation that would throw out some votes cast by thousands of Kansans. It affects people who registered to vote at the DMV but didn’t turn in a citizenship document required under Kansas law.

The rule says nearly 20,000 Kansans with a suspended voter registration would be allowed to cast ballots, but only their votes in federal races would be counted.

Stephen Koranda

The State Election Board on Monday decided that an Osage County woman is a citizen and will be able to vote, despite the fact that she doesn’t have a document proving it.

Kansas law requires people registering to vote for the first time in the state to prove their U.S. citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate.

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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.

Kobach To Improve Voter Registration Process At DMV

May 19, 2016
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's improving the voter registration process at motor vehicle offices. On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that thousands of people be added to the state’s voter rolls, even though they supposedly didn't provide citizenship documents while registering to vote at DMV locations.

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A federal judge may temporarily block Kansas from enforcing its proof-of-citizenship requirement for people who register to vote at state motor vehicle offices.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson took the case under advisement Thursday after hearing four hours of arguments in Kansas City, Kansas.

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The Sedgwick County Elections Office has received instructions from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to adhere to a new voting rule put in place last week.

The decision was made by the new executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission.

According to the Secretary of State's office, the decision means Kansas residents can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

In most other states, no such documentation is needed to register; voters need only sign a sworn statement.

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A Kansas judge has ruled that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has no legal right to bar people who register to vote using a federal form from voting in local and state elections.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis ruled Friday in favor of two Kansas voters who challenged how Kobach is enforcing a state proof-of-citizenship requirement for registering to vote.

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In two weeks, the nation will express its political will in the midterm elections of 2014. Unfortunately, this election cycle, similar to previous ones in American history, features discourse related to African American voter suppression.

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Tuesday is the deadline for Kansans to register to vote or update their registration in time for the primary election. 

During the August 7 vote, Republicans and Democrats will chose their candidates for the fall election.

You can register to vote here.

Carla Eckels

Ministers and representatives from churches across Wichita met with staff from the Sedgwick County voter registration office Thursday as part of an initiative called ‘Souls to the Polls’. 

The goal of the initiative is to get more people out to vote. 

Ministers and volunteers discussed ways to increase voter turnout and decrease apathy by some citizens who may think their vote isn’t important. 

Rev. Eric Williams is the Business Administrator for the Greater Wichita Ministerial League.

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