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Kansas Voters’ Limbo Shows Hitch In Citizenship Law

Associated Press - August 15, 2013 5:50 am

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in September in an appeal that could affect the voting rights of thousands of voters in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama in upcoming elections.

Nearly 15,000 Kansas residents who registered to vote are having their voting rights held up under a new law requiring voters to prove U.S. citizenship.

The law took effect in January and aims to keep immigrants in the U.S. illegally and other noncitizens from casting fraudulent ballots.

Critics say its enforcement in Kansas and a handful of other Republican-dominated states disenfranchises voters who haven’t produced a birth certificate, passport or other acceptable proof. The voters in limbo in Kansas are enough to swing a close statewide race.

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening a federal lawsuit.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach promises Kansas will keep enforcing the law. He says the state is lenient in allowing people to fill out registration forms but present papers later.

Fuchs Mi

August 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

What’s so bad about that. Immigration should be going over the lists and deporting all of them as quickly as they can. I hear the American Civil Liberties Union is changing their name to the M exican Civil Liberties Union.

Bob Bowser

August 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm

MY voting rights are “held up” every time an illegal vote is cast that nullifies MINE.

Bob Bowser

August 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

The ACLU should be looking into those precincts where the President got 103% of the vote… THAT’s where voting rights are “held up”.

Iggy p Daily

August 16, 2013 at 7:25 am

If the president and law makers are not going to protect our country against illegals then they need to be removed from office.

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