voter ID laws

A judge has rejected the claim against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Voting rights organizations had claimed that Kobach has no legal authority to file a lawsuit to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the federal voter registration form.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied their request Thursday.

The court found that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had authorized Kobach to handle the litigation.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit over Kansas' voter proof-of-citizenship law while another case he initiated is being heard.

Kobach filed the request yesterday in federal court.

The lawsuit in question was filed against him this November by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wants to prevent Kobach from setting up different registration systems for voters based on whether they use state or federal forms.

The federal form doesn't require proof of U.S. citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will hear arguments on Friday in a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona counterpart Ken Bennett want instructions on the federal form that requires Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Kobach and Bennett want these changes made before next year's mid-term elections.

Several Arizona groups want to join a lawsuit opposing efforts by Kansas and Arizona to force a federal agency to help the states' enforce their proof-of-citizenship rules for new voters.

A motion to intervene was filed Wednesday in federal court in Wichita by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Arizona Advocacy Network, League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona and Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo.

A lawsuit over the Kansas voter ID law is headed to federal court.

Kobach To Testify In Ohio On Election Laws

Sep 19, 2013

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is scheduled to testify before a presidential elections commission Friday in Cincinnati about the state's efforts to crosscheck voter registration databases.

A state board is meeting to consider proposed temporary rules and regulation changes to the Kansas law regarding proof of citizenship for newly registered voters.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proposing the rules Tuesday in response to a glitch that caused delays to some 11,000 voter registration applications. Kansas started requiring that new applications to register to vote in the state also include proof of citizenship.

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.

Kobach Office Could Get Expanded Power Soon

May 6, 2013

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he is close to winning legislative approval for new power for his office to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases. 

Secretary of State Kobach said Friday he's optimistic lawmakers will approve the bill when they reconvene this week to wrap up their business for the year.

The House and Senate have approved different versions of Kobach's bill, setting up negotiations over the final version. Lead House negotiator Lance Kinzer said Kobach's proposal is on track to pass.

Driving down Douglas this past Tuesday I couldn’t help noticing a forelorn figure, shaggy head down, slumped despondently on a street-side bench. His large, bare feet instantly identified him to me and I swung over, pulled to a stop in the parking lot beside him, rolled down my window, and said, “Hey Bigfoot, why so sad?”