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The American Civil Liberties Union and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are heading to court again in their battle over Kobach’s attempts to enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.

The ACLU hopes a Shawnee County judge will use Friday’s hearing to review its request for a temporary injunction to keep Kobach from imposing a new policy for the state’s Aug. 5 primary elections.

Kobach has said that Kansas residents who register with a national form will be allowed to complete full ballots, but only their votes in congressional races will be counted.

The daughter of a primary challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had her voter registration put on hold temporarily because of a proof-of-citizenship requirement criticized by her father.

Republican Scott Morgan of Lawrence said Monday the Douglas County clerk’s office told his 18-year-old daughter, Grace, that her registration was incomplete because she hadn’t documented proof of her U.S. citizenship.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily suspended an order requiring Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote with a national form.

The federal appeals court granted the emergency request by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups.

Yesterday’s decision means Kansas and Arizona voters can continue to register to vote using the federal form without having to document their citizenship.

The national League of Women Voters and the group's Kansas and Arizona chapters want to intervene in a federal lawsuit over proof-of-citizenship laws in the two states.

The groups filed their requests in a federal court case in Kansas on Thursday.

The national advocacy group Common Cause, three Arizona-based Hispanic-rights groups, and an Arizona political consultant also filed requests to intervene.

Kansas and Arizona and Secretaries of State Kris Kobach and Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit in August.

The number of voter registrations on hold in Kansas is rising again.

The state's new proof-of-citizenship requirement has many new voters in limbo until they prove they're U.S. citizens.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office says that almost 17,700 registrations are on hold now.

Those "on hold" have not yet provided a birth certificate, passport or other papers documenting their U.S. citizenship to election officials.

The figure peaked at about 18,500 in October but then dropped to fewer than 17,200.

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, Arizona Seek Order On Voter Citizenship Laws

Oct 24, 2013

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.

Kansas Voter Registrations Can Be On Hold For Years

Sep 23, 2013

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.

Group Seeks Repeal Of Kansas Voter Citizenship Law

Sep 4, 2013

About 100 people from the Wichita-based voter advocacy group KanVote rallied at the State House Tuesday urging legislators to repeal the new voter law. But their effort immediately stalled.

The NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Kansas have also called publicly for the law's repeal.

More than 15,900 legal Kansas residents' voter registrations are "on hold" because they have yet to provide proper documents; until then, they can't legally vote.

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Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit to try require voter applicants to show proof of citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Topeka.

The suit seeks to change federal voter registration forms to require documents proving citizenship. Currently, the forms require that an applicant make an oath affirming citizenship.

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