As a result of the new regulations, more than 17 thousand Kansans, including more than 3,900 potential voters in Sedgwick County, remain in “suspended” status for failing to provide a birth certificate or other qualifying document when registering.
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.
Kansas and Arizona are asking a court to force the Federal Election Assistance Commission to quickly modify voter registration forms so the states can fully enforce new proof-of-citizenship laws. The states want the commission to change the national mail-in voter registration form to include specific proof-of-citizenship instructions for Kansas and Arizona residents.
The two states filed a request Wednesday for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the EAC.
They want a hearing by or shortly after November 12.
As Kansas election officials deal with prospective voters who've not yet complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, hundreds of registrations have remained on hold for more than a year for other reasons.
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.
Tuesday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In Kansas
Tuesday is the Kansas deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming election. Kansans can register to vote at county election offices or online at the Kansas secretary of state’s website. Tomorrow the Sedgwick County Election Office begins mailing advance voting ballots.