Washington Post: Federal judge rejects bid to block proof of citizenship for new voters in three states

IRLI In The News

June 30, 2016

By Spencer S. Hsu

A federal judge in Washington on Wednesday rejected a request that would have blocked Kansas, Alabama and Georgia from enforcing proof-of-citizenship requirements for people using a federal form to register to vote.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon came in a lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters, the NAACP in Georgia and other civil rights groups that sought a preliminary injunction.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach, who defended the state measure in court, praised Leon’s decision as “exactly right,” saying that it was necessary to ensure that only U.S. citizens vote, a position “overwhelmingly supported by Kansas voters.” … Read the full story by Spencer S. Hsu.

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