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Kobach Issues 90-Day Limit for Incomplete Registrations

Associated Press - September 18, 2015 11:29 am

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Kansas residents whose voter registrations have been suspended because they haven’t provided a passport or birth certificate have 90 days to provide the documents before their registrations are canceled.

The Kansas City Star reports Secretary of State Kris Kobach issued the 90-day rule on Thursday, saying it was matter of efficiency and cost-savings. Voting rights groups vigorously objected to the time limit, which goes into effect early next month.

More than 35,000 voter registration applications are currently “in suspense,” of which about 30,000 are incomplete because registrants haven’t provided the required identification.

Proof-of-citizenship documents have been required since January 2013 but there was no limit on how long county election officials had to keep incomplete registrations.

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