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Kansas Voter List Purge Affects young, Unaffiliated Most

Associated Press - September 28, 2015 10:53 am

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.

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.

A newspaper report says young and politically unaffiliated Kansas residents are most likely to be affected by the state’s plans to purge the names of people with incomplete registrations from its voter lists.

The Wichita Eagle reports more than half of the prospective voters with incomplete registrations list no party affiliation.

The Eagle also said more than 40 percent are under 30.

The newspaper analyzed a list of nearly 36,700 suspended registrations obtained from Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office.

The Republican secretary of state has enacted a new administrative rule removing the names of any prospective voters whose registrations have been incomplete for more than 90 days. It takes effect Friday.

Most incomplete registrations are for voters who haven’t met a requirement to document their U.S. citizenship.

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