Kansans question proof-of-citizenship rule when voting


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Some Shawnee County residents are confused about whether or not they have to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote. Recent court rulings revolving around Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach trying to preserve the voter citizenship rule has some people scratching their heads.

While Kobach has taken steps to retain the rule, it has been weakened by federal courts by ruling that the state could not require proof of citizenship of people who register at the DMV or with the federal form; however, if you use the state form, you need to provide proof of citizenship.

“I recommend that people use the state form,” says Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell. “You have a little more certainty that you are registered for the long-term. But if for some reason it is inconvenient, it is an option, currently, and it’s subject to change, that you can use that federal form for this election only and not turn in your proof of citizenship document.”

You can get both of those forms at the Shawnee County Election Office; however, if you use the state’s website, you must still provide proof of citizenship.

Mark Stock with the Shawnee County Election Office says some people mistake a social security card as a citizenship document. That isn’t the case.

The election office also says 108,000 people have registered so far.

You have until October 18th.

If you want to find out if you’re registered, click here.

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