Following a May ruling by District Court Judge Julie Robinson that nullified a Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship for registration to vote, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kolbach appealed the decision Tuesday to revive the state’s law before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The Kansas law requires citizens registering to vote to present some form of legal documentation proving citizenship.
“Every time a noncitizen votes, it effectively cancels out the vote of a citizen,”Kobach said, according to court documents.
In her May ruling, Judge Robinson cited the 1993 National Voter Registration Act or “motor voter” law, which allows those applying for a driver’s license to similarly register to vote. Robinson’s ruling effectively restored the right to vote to 18,000 residents of the Sunflower State.
Kobach’s request to restore voting rules follows cases in North Carolina and Wisconsin where courts threw out rules demanding voters present photo identification at polling stations to vote.
In 2016, Kansas junior Sen. Jerry Moran is up for reelection and leads his Democratic opponent in the latest poll among likely voters by 20 points. In the presidential race, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by five points, 44 to 39, with Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson garnering eight percent support.
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