Bill would end proof of citizenship requirement for voting

Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 6:55 PM CST
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A bill introduced in the Kansas House on Tuesday would eliminate the proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration.

In June, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sided with voters who sued arguing that Kansas cannot require people who register to vote to provide documents such as a birth certificate, U.S. passport or naturalization papers. Robinson said the requirements violated Constitution and the National Voter Registration.

“It made Kansas one of the most difficult states in the nation to register because it put the onus on individuals to go track down birth certificates and other records,” Rep. Brett Parker (D-Overland Park) said.

The bill also allows voter registration on election day.

People who vote early would also be allowed to opt in to permanent advance voting status.