U.S. Supreme Court asked to rule on Kobach’s signature Kansas voter registration law

The Wichita Eagle,  June 4, 2020

Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a state law championed by former secretary of state Kris Kobach — struck down by lower courts— that requires residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.

The request, announced Tuesday morning by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sets up a potentially historic showdown over voting rights if the court takes the case, with the justices possibly deciding how far states can go in imposing requirements on would-be voters. ...

The law required prospective voters to provide a birth certificate, passport or other the documents proving their citizenship before they could become registered to vote. The requirement caused thousands of Kansas voters to go into a suspended registration status before the law was struck down in 2018.

By Jonathan Shorman and Bryan Lowry

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