TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has seen its number of incomplete voter registrations decline by nearly 6,700 in less than two weeks as counties follow a directive from Secretary of State Kris Kobach to cull their records.
Kobach’s office said Tuesday that the state had about 31,000 incomplete registrations as of Tuesday, compared to about 37,700 when the Republican secretary of state’s directive took effect on Oct. 2. The decline is nearly 18 percent.
Most incomplete registrations are for people who’ve failed to comply with a 2013 law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.
Kobach imposed a new rule requiring county election officials to cancel registrations that are incomplete for more than 90 days.
He contends the proof-of-citizenship requirement prevents election fraud. Critics say it suppresses turnout.
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