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Judge: Kansas Official Has No Authority For Dual Voting Systems

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A judge has granted a permanent injunction in the ever-changing voter registration system in Kansas, but who must prove U.S. citizenship to vote, and who does not, are still questions floating in the air.

A temporary injunction has now become final. It's the much-litigated issue about registering to vote at DMVs with the federal form or at local elections offices.

Shawnee County Judge Larry Hendricks has ruled that Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not have the right to create a dual-voting system. But since the case brought by the ACLU concerned people registering at the DMV, or with the federal mail-in form, the ruling, for now, means nearly 19,000 people can vote for federal, state and local elections without proving that they are citizens.

Read the full ruling here.

People who tried to register at local offices or voter drives, and were denied because they had no proof of citizenship, still cannot vote at all. Three other lawsuits have also been filed in the matter.

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Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

 

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