Federal court hears appeal of Kansas’ controversial voter registration law

TOPEKA (KSNT) –Kansas’ controversial voter registration law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship went before the 10 circuit court of appeals today in Denver.

The court was hearing a federal appeal of the Kansas and Arizona law which requires anyone wanting to vote to prove they are a U.S. citizen. Critics say the law may keep some people from voting and the federal government says it violates federal election law.

Secretary of state Kris Kobach says it’s a case of preventing voter fraud.

“The federal government was essentially interfering with our state’s right to control the qualifications of voters,” Koback tells Kansas First News. “They had created a loop hole behind proof of citizenship by saying that the federal form doesn’t need proof of citizenship.”

Multiple civil rights groups have criticize the state law that was put in place by Kobach.

“The people of Kansas are overwhelmingly in support of our proof of citizenship law, ” says Kobach. “They can criticize me all they want but a free and fair elections are essential to our state and our republic.”

Kobach says the court is considering the case on a rare, expedited status in hopes of getting a decision before the November general election.

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