Four times as many prospective Kansas voters have their registrations on hold for failing to meet a proof-of-citizenship requirement than for all other reasons combined, state statistics show. Kansans with registrations on hold can’t legally cast ballots. A law that took effect in January requires new Kansas voters to produce a birth certificate, passport or other papers documenting their U.S. citizenship, but election officials also put registrations on hold for other reasons, such as when people fill out registration forms improperly or register before turning 18. Kansas had about 21,300 voter registrations on hold this week, and more than 17,100 — 80 percent of the total — were for people who hadn’t met the proof-of-citizenship requirement. The secretary of state’s office provided the figures to The Associated Press.
Most voters whose registrations are on hold filled out their forms at a driver’s license office, the secretary of state’s office says. Kansas requires anyone obtaining a new license to document that they’re living in the U.S. legally, but the Department of Revenue, which oversees licensing, has backed away from requiring anyone renewing a license to do the same.
The department’s shift and the number of registrations on hold led a key backer of the proof-of-citizenship law, Kansas House Elections Committee Chairman Scott Schwab, to promise to review its administration after the Legislature reconvenes next year.
“Something’s got to change,” Schwab, an Olathe Republican, said Wednesday.
Kansas has about 1.7 million registered voters. But the number of people with registrations on hold over the proof-of-citizenship rule surpasses the ballots typically cast in a state House race and could swing a tight statewide election.
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