Voter citizenship lawsuit looms over 2014 election

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The League of Women Voters has told a federal appeals court that it has mostly confined its voter registration drives in Kansas to naturalization ceremonies where people readily have the proof-of-citizenship documents required to vote in Kansas.

But the group told the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing Thursday that immigration officials have now prohibited it from copying or photographing naturalization certificates. The League argues that means new citizens face discrimination and significant roadblocks in registering to vote.

The latest court filing by the voting rights groups portrays just a sample of the impact of the litigation.

Kansas and Arizona are seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change its federal voter registration form instructions to require citizenship proof from residents of the two states.

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