Kansas Voter Scrub Could Take Weeks
October 5, 2015

(AP) – Some Kansas election officials expect to take weeks to cancel incomplete voter registrations even with a new rule for culling records from Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
And county election officials said Monday that even when the job is done, electronic records for such residents still will be accessible, not deleted.
A new rule from the Republican secretary of state took effect Friday and directed counties to cancel registrations incomplete for more than 90 days.
Most of the 31,000 affected registrations are for residents who haven’t complied with a 2013 law requiring new voters to produce papers documenting their U.S. citizenship.
Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said her office will first go through a list of 1,700 people who were on the incomplete list but have Kansas birth certificates.

Kansas Starts to Remove Some Voters’ Names From Registration Lists
October 2, 2015

(AP) – Election officials across Kansas are expected to begin removing the names of more than 31,000 prospective voters from their records in line with Kansas’ tough voter identification law, which requires applicants to prove their citizenship before casting a ballot.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county election officials to discard applications from prospective voters who after 90 days did not provide all the required information and documents. Most were people who hadn’t documented their U.S. citizenship.
The proof-of-citizenship requirement took effect in 2013. Only four states have a similar requirement, which advocates support as an effective tool against voter fraud but opponents consider a ruse for discouraging voting by the poor and minorities. The culling of applications is the first since the law went into effect.

Kobach Sued Over Proof-of-Citizenship Requirement
September 30, 2015

AP) – Two Kansas residents have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters and plans to remove people who haven’t complied from voter registration rolls.
The two residents of Douglas County in northeast Kansas filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Kobach is the architect of a law requiring people registering for the first time in Kansas to document their U.S. citizenship.
He enacted a regulation requiring county election officials to purge voter rolls of registrations incomplete for more than 90 days. It takes effect Friday.
Prospective voters Alder Cromwell and Cody Keener sought to register months ago but haven’t met the proof-of-citizenship requirement.
They’re seeking a court order to block the purge and the proof-of-citizenship requirement.
Kobach’s office had yet to review it.

Younger, Unaffiliated Kansas Voters More Prone to Purges, According to Report
September 28, 2015

AP) – A newspaper report says young and politically unaffiliated Kansas residents are most likely to be affected by the state’s plans to purge the names of people with incomplete registrations from its voter lists.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1G9x5fO ) more than half of the prospective voters with incomplete registrations list no party affiliation.
The Eagle also said more than 40 percent are under 30.
The newspaper analyzed a list of nearly 36,700 suspended registrations obtained from Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office.
The Republican secretary of state has enacted a new administrative rule removing the names of any prospective voters whose registrations have been incomplete for more than 90 days. It takes effect Friday.
Most incomplete registrations are for voters who haven’t met a requirement to document their U.S. Citizenship.

Kansas Voter Lawsuit Advances
August 26, 2015

(AP) – A Kansas judge is allowing two voters to continue pursuing a lawsuit challenging how Secretary of State Kris Kobach is enforcing a proof of citizenship requirement for registering.
Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis (Tice) also suggested in an order that Kobach exceeded his authority in declaring that voters who use a federal form to register can cast ballots only in federal races. The federal form does not require proof of citizenship.
Theis issued an order last week rejecting Kobach’s request to decide the case in his favor before a trial. But the judge also didn’t block Kobach from enforcing the law as he has for more than a year.
ACLU attorney Julie Ebenstein on Wednesday called the ruling encouraging. Kobach said it’s still very early in the lawsuit