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Leading Kansas Democrat under scrutiny for backing voter ID

A federal judge struck down the law in June

August 01, 2018 - 6:54 pm

The leading Democrat candidate for Kansas governor is under attack by her own party for her past vote in favor of tough voter identification policies.

Democrats are anticipating the very real possibility that conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination.

No state had gone further in requiring prospective voters to provide papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering before a federal judge struck down the law in June.

But the Kansas law had strong bipartisan support when the Legislature approved it in 2011. One of the yes votes came from state Sen. Laura Kelly, of Topeka.

That vote has been dogging Kelly in the eyes of fellow Democrats, in the final weeks before the Aug. 7 primary. 

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