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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union has notified Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that it intends to file a federal lawsuit over a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.
The ACLU sent Kobach a notice Tuesday, telling him that Kansas is not in compliance with federal election laws because it requires new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport or other acceptable document.
Federal law requires someone to give state officials 90 days’ notice of a potential lawsuit.
The ACLU argued that states must allow people to register to vote at driver’s license offices and can’t add a proof-of-citizenship requirement.
More than 14,000 prospective Kansas voters have their registrations in “suspense” because they’ve filled out registration forms but not provided proof of citizenship.