Judge: Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote

Kobach to appeal ruling

June 18, 2018 - 11:39 pm
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A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson is the latest setback for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has championed such laws and led President Donald Trump's now-defunct voter fraud commission. The 118-page decision came in two consolidated cases challenging a Kansas voter registration law requiring people to provide documents such as a birth certificate, U.S. passport or naturalization papers.

The decision strikes down the Kansas proof-of-citizenship registration law and makes permanent an earlier injunction that had temporarily blocked it.

Kobach says his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship in order to vote.

In a statement late Monday, Kobach says the ruling is an "extreme conclusion" that "is unlikely to survive on appeal.  Her conclusion is incorrect, and it is inconsistent with precedents of the U.S. Supreme Court."

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