Kobach: Court ruling ends Kan. ‘dual’ voting plan

Voting (KSN File Photo)
Voting (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says there’s no need to consider a so-called dual voter registration system in light of a federal judge’s ruling about the state’s proof-of-citizenship law for new voters.

Under a dual registration system, voters using a state registration form and documenting their U.S. citizenship would be allowed to vote in all races.

Others could register with a federal form but vote only in presidential, congressional and U.S. Senate races. The federal form requires only that voters sign a statement saying they’re citizens.

Kobach praised a ruling Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita ordering the federal government to modify its national registration form to help Kansas and Arizona enforce their proof-of-citizenship laws.

Before the decision, Kobach was considering a dual registration system.

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