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Kobach Strikes Deal with ACLU, Heading Off Contempt Hearing

Kansans who register to vote at the DMV can cast ballots in November, just like everybody else. Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the ACLU struck a deal today (THUR) allowing voters to be registered using a federal form when they obtain a driver's license. Previously, Kobach had insisted that those voters must provide proof of citizenship. Micah Kubic (KYOO-bick), executive director of the ACLU of Kansas, says those voters will appear on the regular rolls for the upcoming general elections. 

For the August primaries, there was confusion over whether DMV registrants could vote, and they were given provisional ballots. Now, they'll be getting standard ballots. With today's (THUR) agreement, Kobach avoids a contempt hearing that had been scheduled for Friday. However, legal proceedings over the validity of the proof-of-citizenship requirement in Kansas will continue after the November elections. 


Micah Kubic of the ACLU:

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