Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

AP News,  March 18, 2019

Kansas’ solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state’s law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the three years it was in place are fixable. ...

Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, disagreed. He said cases where people can’t find their birth certificate or afford a new one are inevitable, and the Kansas law contains few fail-safes to ensure citizens can cast a ballot. ...

The registration law took effect in January 2013. In the three years before the appellate court put it on hold, more than 30,732 Kansans were not allowed to register to vote because they did not submit proof of citizenship. That figure represented about 12 percent of voter registration applications.

By Lindsay Whitehurst

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