Kansas to ask Supreme Court to save voter citizenship law

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ Republican attorney general plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to require new voters to provide papers documenting their citizenship when registering.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he will appeal a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in April that said the state could not enforce a proof-of-citizenship law.

An appeals-court panel said the law violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal legal protection as well as a federal voter registration law. The law was championed by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as a way to combat voter fraud.

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, had this reaction to the state’s plan to seek Supreme Court review:

“Kansas Secretary of State Schwab’s attempt to resuscitate Kris Kobach’s sorry legacy of voter suppression is an insult to Kansas voters. This law disenfranchised more than 30,000 Kansans, denying them the most fundamental right in our democracy. Multiple federal courts have found that it violates the National Voter Registration Act and the U.S. Constitution, and we are confident that those rulings will stand.”

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