WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a two-tiered election system that require Kansas election officials to throw out thousands of votes cast in state and local races by people who registered at motor vehicle offices or used a federal form without providing documentary proof of their U.S. citizenship. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Shawnee County District Court comes a week after a state board approved the temporary measure. The board's decision was made a day before advance voting began for the August 2 primary. Doug Bonney of the ACLU says the plaintiffs are seeking class action status on behalf of at least 17,000 voters whom they say Kobach’s rule has disenfranchised.
The rule was sought by Secretary of State Kris Kobach and will be in effect through the November 8 general election. A federal judge in May ordered the state to allow people who registered at motor vehicle offices to vote in federal elections.