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College Course on Voter Registration Proposed in Kansas

Associated Press - October 26, 2015 12:30 pm

Elections Director Bryan Caskey said Monday that the office has re-examined a state law that makes it a felony to disclose a ballot's contents and concluded it applies to election officials but not voters themselves.

The League of Women Voters and some college professors are proposing a course to teach Kansas students how to register to vote.

The Wichita Eagle reports the proposal, unveiled Saturday in Topeka, is aimed at younger voters because they make up a majority of the state’s suspended voter list.

Marge Ahrens, with the League of Women Voters, says new laws in Kansas have made registering to vote more complex.

The course will begin this fall at Washburn, Emporia State and Fort Hays State universities. Students will learn how to register themselves and others.

The Eagle reported earlier this year that more than 40 percent of the nearly 37,000 people on the suspended voter list are under the age of 30.

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