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  • Kobach: Most double registrations unintentional

    Nearly all double voter registrations uncovered by a Kansas program that compares registration records of more than two dozen states are the unintentional result of people moving from one state to another and re-registering to vote, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said.

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of the state's proof-of-citizenship law for new voters, answers questions during an Associated Press interview in Topeka, Kan. A federal judge agreed Tuesday, April 8, 2014, with the American Civil Liberties Union that a state court should decide a lawsuit challenging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's enforcement of the state's voter-citizenship rule. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Lawsuit against Kobach returned to Kansas court

    A federal judge agreed Tuesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that a state court should decide a lawsuit challenging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's enforcement of the state's voter-citizenship rule.

  • Kobach wants tough Kansas bill on prairie chickens

    Secretary of State Kris Kobach says a Kansas House committee has taken the teeth out of legislation to protest the federal government's listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

  • Kobach urges tough Kansas bill on prairie chickens

    Secretary of State Kris Kobach pushed Kansas legislators Wednesday for an aggressive response to the U.S. government's designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, criticizing a committee for rejecting proposals to punish federal employees attempting to manage the bird's population.

  • Feds seek stay of order in voter citizenship case

    Federal election officials have asked a judge to temporarily suspend his own order that they help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring voters to prove their U.S. citizenship, arguing that the case "implicates the fundamental right to register to vote."

  • Voter rights groups appeal documentation ruling

    Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge's order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring new voters to provide documentation proving their U.S. citizenship.

  • Kobach: Court ruling ends Kan. 'dual' voting plan

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says there's no need to consider a so-called dual voter registration system in light of a federal judge's ruling about the state's proof-of-citizenship law for new voters.

  • Schodorf criticizes Kan. voter-citizenship ruling

    The Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state says she's "appalled" by a federal judge's ruling requiring the federal government to help Kansas enforce its proof-of-citizenship law for new voters.

  • Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach answers questions from reporters during a news conference about a federal judge's ruling ordering the federal government to help Kansas and Arizona enforce their proof-of-citizenship requirements for new voters, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed a lawsuit over the issue. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas, Arizona prevail in voter citizenship suit

    Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks about the state's proof-of-citizenship law at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. In a case with broad implications for voting rights, Kobach is trying to force federal elections officials to require proof-of-citizenship documentation from Kansas and Arizona residents who register to vote using the federal form. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

    Judge to decide proof-of-citizenship voting rule

    A decision on whether states have a constitutional right to require proof-of-citizenship documentation for their residents who register to vote using a national form is now in the hands of a federal judge in a case with broad implications for voting rights.

  • Judge rejects bid to toss Kansas voting lawsuit

    A judge has rejected a claim that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has no legal authority to file a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify the federal voter registration form.

  • Kobach seeks approval of bill on rare grouse

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is supporting a state Senate bill that would exclude the lesser prairie chicken from federal protection and give the state the authority to charge federal officials if they try to enforce federal laws pertaining to the rare bird.

  • Kobach: Birth-records scan helps 7,700 Kan. voters

    A scan of Kansas birth records will allow election officials to validate voter registrations for more than 7,700 people who hadn't complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, Secretary of State Kris Kobach told legislators Wednesday.

  • Kobach raises $96K in Kan. secretary of state race

    Campaign finance records show that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach began the year with a significant fundraising advantage over Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf.

  • The lines for voting at Precinct 225 in Reston, Va. were already long when the polls opened at 6 a.m. for election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. This precinct, located in Fairfax County, normally has about 3,500 registered voters. Here voters stand in lines designated by the first letter of their last name.

    States seek right to ask new voters for proof of citizenship

    States are vowing to go to the courts for permission to ask newly registered voters to show proof of citizenship after a federal commission ruled late Friday that it's up to the national government, not states, to decide what to include on registration forms.

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