Judge to consider blocking Kansas voter rules in December

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – County election officials in Kansas could have canceled many of the more than 31,000 incomplete voter registrations when a federal judge has the next hearing in a lawsuit challenging the effort.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Wednesday set a Dec. 4 hearing on a request from attorneys for two northeast Kansas residents to block the culling of registration records ordered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Most incomplete registrations are for people who have failed to comply with a 2013 state law requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship. The two northeast Kansas residents also are challenging the law.

Robinson set the hearing in December to allow both sides to file written legal arguments. Kobach said during a court teleconference that canceled registrations can be retrieved electronically.

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