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Aug. 14, 2013Topeka, KS |  By: Barnett/AP

Kansas Voting Law

The American Civil Liberties Union has notified Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that it intends to file a federal lawsuit over a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

The ACLU sent Kobach a notice telling him that Kansas is not in compliance with federal election laws because it requires new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport or other acceptable document. Federal law requires someone to give state officials 90 days' notice of a potential lawsuit. The ACLU argued that states must allow people to register to vote at driver's license offices and can't add a proof-of-citizenship requirement. More than 14,000 prospective Kansas voters have their registrations in "suspense" because they've filled out registration forms but not provided proof of citizenship.