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Residents of Kansas, Georgia and Alabama will have to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote for federal elections using a national form, a judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided against a coalition of voting rights groups that sued a U.S. elections official who changed the proof-of-citizenship requirements on the federal registration form at the request of the three states and without public notice. Residents of other states only need to swear that they are citizens, not show proof.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is planning to use provisional ballots during the upcoming elections and then throw out all of the votes for state and local races cast by the thousands of voters who register to vote at motor vehicle offices without providing proof of citizenship.

An email sent from Kobach's office to county election officials outlines the state's proposed plans for implementing a two-tiered election system in the wake of a federal court order requiring Kansas to allow these voters to cast ballots at least in the federal races.

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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.

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A U.S. appeals court has ruled that thousands of suspended voters in Kansas who used motor vehicles offices to register to vote must be allowed to cast a ballot in federal elections.

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A local group is helping to register people to vote during Riverfest in downtown Wichita--including those who at one time were incarcerated.

Men and women released from jail who are U.S. citizens and "off paper"--meaning off probation and parole--can vote in Kansas. But many don't know they can.

Doug Ballard is part of the social justice group JENI, which stands for Jobs & Education--Not Incarceration. He says the group has been registering people to vote, including one formally incarcerated man who had not voted in more than three decades.

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While giving him two more weeks to comply, a federal judge let Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach know that she would tolerate no further delays in carrying out her order to restore 18,000 Kansas residents to the voter rolls.

The ruling was the latest development in a lawsuit challenging Kansas’ policy of requiring people who register to vote at DMV offices to provide proof of citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson didn’t buy Kobach’s claim that compliance with her order would cause voter confusion and lead to “irreparable harm.”

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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 lawsuit over voter registration in Kansas will likely continue, but some state election officials are getting prepared in case they need to make policy changes.

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Updated Wednesday, 3:35 p.m.

A federal court says the state of Kansas went too far by requiring people registering to vote at the DMV to prove their citizenship. The document requirement has put thousands of voter registrations on hold.

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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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