League of Women Voters joins federal suit on citizenship law

The Kansas requirement that voters must show proof of citizenship to vote is being challenged by the League of Women Voters.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The League of Women Voters of Kansas has joined a federal class action lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law that requires voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship to register.

The Lawrence Journal-World  reports that the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in November on behalf of all individuals who’ve unsuccessfully attempted to register since the state’s citizenship requirement took effect in 2013.

Plantiffs say that since then, nearly 23,000 Kansas residents have had their registrations placed “in suspense” or have been slashed from the voting lists altogether for failing to show the required proof of U.S. citizenship.

The conservative Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a brief this week arguing that a great number of non-citizens have been registered to vote and cast ballots in other states.

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