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Lawsuit Seeks To Block Kobach Rule That Cancels Incomplete Kansas Voter Registrations

Stephen Koranda

A lawsuit is targeting Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach over a new rule he put in place that will cancel incomplete voter registrations. The suit also asks a federal court to overturn the Kansas requirement that voters supply documents proving their citizenship.

A press release from Davis' firm

More than 30,000 Kansas voter registrations have been put on hold because they don’t include the citizenship documents. Kobach’s new rule would cancel those incomplete registrations once they are 90 days old.

Paul Davis, who was the Democratic candidate for governor last year, is heading up the lawsuit.

“We believe that people who are in suspense right now have constitutional rights and they have rights under federal law that do not allow the secretary of state to simply purge them from voter lists,” Davis says.

The new 90-day rule would take effect Friday, so Davis is expecting some kind of response from the court quickly.

A spokesperson for Secretary Kobach, Craig McCullah, says in a statement that the policy does not violate the law. He says voters can fill out a new voter registration form if their incomplete registration is canceled after 90 days. He points out that the lawsuit if being filed by two Democratic attorneys.

"One would think these individuals would have a better understanding of the law," McCullah says.