Democrats in Congress have requested a Government Accountability Office report on the impact in Kansas of the voter ID law, according U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.
The GAO is the audit, evaluation and investigative arm of Congress. The report is expected to be completed this summer.
Roberts, a Kansas Republican, brought up the matter earlier this week during a hearing of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on nominations of two people by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which provides guidance on voting issues.
Roberts opposes the nominations and noted that Republicans have called for elimination of the EAC. Even Democrats have indicated they aren't supportive of the EAC, he said
"We’re here today because the majority says we need to preserve the EAC, but when majority members of this committee want a study done on a voting issue, they don’t think the EAC is up to the task.
"If they think the GAO is better able to do these studies, what do we need the EAC for?" Roberts said.
A spokesperson for Democratic leaders on the issue did not return a request for information on why they wanted the study done.
Roberts said he was informed the GAO study was to look at voter ID requirements in Kansas and Tennessee.
The Kansas law was implemented at the urging of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who said requiring photo ID to vote was needed to stop non-citizens from voting.
Voting rights and minority groups have said the ID requirement suppresses voter turnout and that voter fraud at the polls was nearly non-existent.