ACLU says Kansas decision sets ‘important tone’

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) —

5:35 p.m.

An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union says a Kansas judge’s ruling on its proof-of-citizenship requirement has national implications.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks ruled Friday that the state must count potentially thousands of votes in state and local races in Tuesday’s primary from people who registered to vote without providing documentation of their U.S. citizenship.

Hendricks blocked a rule that would have applied to about 17,600 people who registered at motor vehicle offices without presenting citizenship papers. The rule directed election officials to count only their votes for federal races.

ACLU attorney Sophia Lakin said the Kansas ruling “sets a very important tone going forward.”

The Kansas decision came the same day as a federal appeals court decision blocked a tough North Caroline voter ID law.

 

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