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ACLU Challenges Kansas Citizenship Documentation Rule for Voting

Associated Press - April 14, 2016 12:19 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union is in court challenging a Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship when people register to vote at state motor vehicle offices.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson is hearing arguments Thursday in Kansas City, Kansas, on whether to temporarily block the state from requiring the citizenship documentation until the case goes to trial.

The ACLU contends the requirement violates the National Voter Registration Act, a federal law that aims to increase voter participation by eligible citizens. That law is sometimes called the “motor-voter law” because of a provision requiring states to provide voter registration services in conjunction with drivers’ license applications.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach has championed documentation requirements to prevent voter fraud. Critics contend it deprives eligible voters of the right to vote.

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