Kan. Voters’ Limbo Shows Hitch In Citizenship Law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

KMOX Podcasts
As Heard On KMOX

Listen Live