WICHITA, KAN. (KSN) – Good news for some Kansans. If you registered to vote, but did not provide proof of citizenship, you can still vote. A judge ruled Kansas has to allow those who registered to vote, a voice on election day. And not just in federal elections, but all state and local races.
But when do those 18-thousand some voters, who have been in limbo, get notified they are good to go?
“Right now we are waiting for instructions from the Secretary of State office, as to how we are to notify people,” says Sedgwick County elections commissioner, Tabitha Lehman. “We (will) send everyone a notice, but the content of that notice may be changing some. So we are kind of in a holding pattern.”
KSN contacted the office of Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. As of this writing we have not heard back.
Some activists say they want answers now.
“A lot of people have already been asking questions about whether or not their vote will count in November,” says Kansas Appleseed Activist, Djuan Wash. “And Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been incredibly slow to respond to anybody that has been asking these types of questions.”
Wash says he wants answers to find out exactly how and when people will be notified.
“He has failed no notify anybody or keep the public engaged and informed in regards to what his plans are,” says Wash.
Lehman says answers will be on the way when she is notified.
“Oh, yes, definitely. Yes. We will be notifying everyone. And, at this point, my understanding is that everyone… their votes for federal and state and local will be counted,” says Lehman. “It’s just at this point we just don’t know under which procedure. Until we get that instruction from the state we do not know what we need to tell people. The way it is now is that (those votes) will count. What we don’t know, at this point… the plan right now is for them to vote provisionally. And that could change.”
Lehman says those who registered to vote, but did not provide proof of citizenship, will likely be voting provisionally. Which means that voting group will cast a paper, provisional ballot. Those ballots will be counted the day after elections based on staffing needs for each county.
A judge in Shawnee has ordered that everyone who registered at the DMV should be able to vote in local and state elections as well as the federal races. He later added to that order, those voters should be allowed to vote in all races in November. The Secretary of State’s office was ordered to notify those voters. On Friday, Kobach is expected to be in court to answer whether or not that voting group has been informed of their voting status.
KSN will follow that decision that could come Friday.