WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is heading to court Tuesday for a crucial hearing in his legal quest to force federal election officials to require on their forms proof-of-citizenship documentation from Kansas and Arizona residents who register to vote.
His lawsuit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has broad implications for voting rights.
The agency last month rejected the states' request for the requirement, finding that heightened proof-of-citizenship standards likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.
The litigation playing out before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren has drawn nationwide concern from several voting rights groups that have joined the lawsuit.
Several Kansas citizens whose voter registrations have been suspended plan to speak at a news conference organized by the Kansas People's Action before the legal proceedings.
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