The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit to stop a dual system of voter registration in Kansas.
By DAVE HELLING
The Kansas City Star
Secretary of State Kris Kobach, working with a law passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Sam Brownback, has told county election authorities to keep a record of new registrants.
His plan calls for prohibiting new registrants who dont provide proof of citizenship from voting in state elections.
Voting in federal elections would be permitted.
The ACLU and two plaintiffs says such a dual system is unconstitutional. Theyve asked a judge in Topeka to stop the system.
From the ACLUs release:
It makes absolutely no sense that someone would be qualified to vote for president, but not for governor, said Dale Ho, director of the ACLUs Voting Rights Project.
Another day, another ACLU lawsuit, Kobach said this afternoon.
He called the legal action strange and surprising because he wants what they want a single-tier registration system.
In Kobachs view, though, that single tier system should include a citizenship proof requirement for both federal and state elections.
Theyre suing to stop the very thing Im trying to stop, which is a two-tiered system, he said.