TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Two Democratic legislators from Wichita plan to introduce legislation next week to address an issue with the Kansas voter registration laws that have more than 15,000 applications in limbo.
State Rep. Jim Ward and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau announced Wednesday that they would file bills to fix the law during a special session of the Legislature set to open Tuesday. The registration applications are in suspense until the applicants provide proof of citizenship to election officials.
A new law took effect Jan. 1 requiring all first-time applicants to vote to provide proof of citizenship.
Ward feels legislators should act next week to fix the problem and allow the registrations to be finalized and people allowed to vote.