Kansas Board Rejects Voter Registration Fix

By: AP/WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP/WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/WIBW) _ A state board has rejected proposed temporary changes to the Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship for newly registered voters.

The change proposed Tuesday by Secretary of State Kris Kobach was in response to a glitch that caused delays to nearly 12,000 voter registration applications. Kansas now requires that new applications to register to vote also include proof of citizenship.

A new state computer system that was supposed to provide that verification to the secretary of state's office hasn't started sending the information to election officials.

The rule change would have allowed those individuals to cast a provisional vote in the next election and then bring proof of citizenship to election officials before the votes are certified.

Director of Public Affairs for Kobach's office, Kay Curtis, said the regulation would have allowed more time for new Kansas voters to submit their proof of citizenship to complete their registration to vote.

"It would have maximized the number of individuals to have their votes counted by maximizing the length of time to complete the voter registration process," she said in an email to 13 News.

Curtis said the board made no motion to accept Kobach's proposal so no vote was taken. She said Kobach plans to pursue a permanent regulation for the board to hear in September.

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