The American Civil Liberties Union says it's ready to go to court over a voter registration law in Kansas. The law requires people registering to vote for the first time, to prove their citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate. Around 14,000 voter registration applications have been put on hold because of that requirement. Doug Bonney is with the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. He says the law, which was strongly championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, puts unnecessary hurdles in front of voters.
In a statement, Secretary of State Kris Kobach called the letter “no surprise,” because the ACLU and other groups have opposed the law since it was first suggested. Kobach says the state of Kansas takes the citizenship requirement seriously and will continue to enforce the law.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sent a letter to Secretary of State Kris Kobach saying the organization is ready to go to court over a voter registration law. The law requires people voting for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, that requirement has caused around 14,000 voter registration applications to be put on hold.