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Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Sue Federal Election Commission

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Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit to try require voter applicants to show proof of citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Topeka.

The suit seeks to change federal voter registration forms to require documents proving citizenship. Currently, the forms require that an applicant make an oath affirming citizenship.

Kobach and Bennett have been active in seeking to tighten voter registration laws, including passing laws that require proof of citizenship requiring to vote. The changes sought in the lawsuit would only apply to Kansas and Arizona in their efforts to establish voter qualifications.