Kansas Officials Rule 75-Year-Old Woman is Citizen

A 75-year-old eastern Kansas woman who is unable to get a replacement for her lost Arkansas birth certificate has been certified as a U.S. citizen, allowing her to vote.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the state Election Board issued the ruling Monday after meeting with Jo French of Osage County. Evidence of her citizenship included a record of her birth in a family Bible and Census records.

The rare meeting comes amid ongoing legal challenges to Kansas’ proof of citizenship voting requirement.

French said that although she agreed with the requirement, she “just couldn’t imagine having to go through this procedure.”

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said the Election Board has only met a handful of times to review citizenship evidence since the proof of citizenship law was adopted.