Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are asking a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to act quickly on their motion to block the use of amended federal voter registration forms that require Kansans to show proof of U.S. citizenship. In a letter to Judge Richard J. Leon, the ACLU said leaving the issue unresolved threatens to complicate upcoming state and federal elections in Kansas and the two other states involved in the case. “The federal primary elections will take place in Kansas on August (2), 2016, just over a month from now,” the letter stated. “The general federal elections will occur in November, a mere four months from now, and voter registration requirements in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia require resolution well before then.”
The ACLU filed the suit in February against Brian Newby, executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission shortly after his unilateral decision to grant requests to amend the federal voter registration forms used in those states to reflect their proof-of-citizenship requirements.
… Before Newby was hired at the EAC, he served as Johnson County election commissioner, a position directly appointed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who championed the proof of citizenship law in 2011. The EAC had previously denied Kobach’s request to amend the federal forms, but Newby later unilaterally amended them.