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Proof Of Citizenship Now Required On Federal Voter Registration Form In Kansas

Nadya Faulx
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The Sedgwick County Elections Office has received instructions from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to adhere to a new voting rule put in place last week.

The decision was made by the new executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission.

According to the Secretary of State's office, the decision means Kansas residents can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

In most other states, no such documentation is needed to register; voters need only sign a sworn statement.

Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says her office has been instructed to treat applicants who use a federal form exactly like those who apply using the state form.

"How we did it in 2014 was they still had to vote a provisional ballot," she says. "Their name was not in the poll book, but when that ballot got back to our office, we looked them up and if they used the federal form we counted only those federal offices, but this (rule) is just saying now that’s gone and they’re just treated the same as the state form."

The Board of Canvassers, made up of Sedgwick County Commissioners, determine which of the provisional votes will count.

See Kobach's new instructions for the federal form below:


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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.