TOPEKA, Kansas — Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's not trying to impose a dual voter registration system in Kansas, as a new lawsuit alleges.
Kobach said Thursday his office is only doing planning and hopes to avoid a system treating voters differently, based on what registration forms they use.
Doug Bonney, chief counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri, files a lawsuit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Shawnee County District Court in Topeka, Kan. The lawsuit challenges a new voter registration policy arising from efforts to enforce the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
The lawsuit was filed in Shawnee County District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a gay rights group and two voters.
It seeks to block Kobach from limiting voters who use a federal voter registration form to voting only in federal races and not local and state contests.
The federal form doesn't require people to comply with the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement.
But Kobach notes that he's pushing the federal government to change its form.
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