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Voter citizenship suit stalled as feds mull action

Published on -1/17/2014, 4:24 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas and Arizona officials are awaiting word from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on a request to modify federal voter registration forms to require proof of citizenship by residents of the two states.

Both states require proof of citizenship from voters who register using state forms. They sued the commission to impose the same requirement for voters using federal forms to help enforce the states' rules.

A federal judge in Wichita gave the agency a Friday deadline to respond. A commission spokesman said Friday afternoon that the "matter is still under review."

But action by the federal commission is not expected to settle the issue. The proof-of-citizenship requirement championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has come under attack in courts and in the state Legislature.

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