Judge to decide proof-of-citizenship voting rule

voter id

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge says his decision in a lawsuit asking federal election officials to require proof-of-citizenship for voter registrations will be based on who gets to decide what is necessary to determine voter qualifications.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren is hearing arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by Kansas and Arizona seeking a court order to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify federal voter registration forms to require more documentation for residents of their states.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the court the issue is one of immense political importance that a federal agency should decide.

The Justice Department argued that Congress established the federal form and gave the agency discretionary authority. The department argues the states have other ways to check applicants’ citizenship status without requiring additional documentation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s