Judge To Decide Proof-Of-Citizenship Voting Rule

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge says his decision in a lawsuit asking federal election officials to require proof-of-citizenship for voter registrations will be based on who gets to decide what is necessary to determine voter qualifications.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren is hearing arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by Kansas and Arizona seeking a court order to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify federal voter registration forms to require more documentation for residents of their states.

The lawsuit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has broad implications for voting rights.

The agency last month rejected the states' request for the requirement, finding that heightened proof-of-citizenship standards likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.

The litigation playing out before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren has drawn nationwide concern from several voting rights groups that have joined the lawsuit.

Several Kansas citizens whose voter registrations have been suspended plan to speak at a news conference organized by the Kansas People's Action before the legal proceedings.

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