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Court issues emergency stay over voter citizenship

May 8, 2014, 5:13 p.m. Updated May 8, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

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— A federal appeals court has temporarily suspended an order requiring Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote with a national form.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Thursday the emergency request sought by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups.

The decision means Kansas and Arizona voters can continue to register to vote using the federal form without having to document their citizenship.

At issue is the order by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren requiring the agency to immediately modify a federal voter registration form to add instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about proof-of-citizenship requirements.

Thursday's decision temporarily stays Melgren's ruling, giving Kansas and Arizona until Tuesday to respond.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Yay! Good news for a chance. I hope that it stays and I hope that people become aware of just how important it is to vote and to be an informed voter. But if someone is working two jobs just to get by they probably don't have internet at home and don't have the energy to make the trek to the library to find out things. Everyone of us that is sitting at home or work making comments on here should thank God that we are able to do so and not take any of it for granted.

To paraphrase Dylan Thomas:

Vote, vote, against the dying of the light.
Do not go gently into that good night.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, "Yay!" for now. But as long as people keep buying these Republican Koch-owned people to government positions in the Kansas government, and Kobach is the leader of the band, we will continue to see this effort by the Republicans to make laws that are aimed at preventing voters who may vote Democratic from voting. That is the bottom line for this solution for an issue that is completely non-existant and fraudulent.

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James Page 5 months, 2 weeks ago

We can bus people to get registered. We can bus people to vote. Why is it such a hardship to bus people to get their ID's? You have to have a picture ID to get into the Democratic National convention. Voter suppression? I think not!! Common sense went out the window in 1973. Like they say in Chicago, "Vote early and vote often."

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 1 week ago

This isn't about showing your id when voting; it's about filling out the federal voter registration form at the DMV while taking care of your driver's license, signing a piece of paper stating you are a US citizen which clearly states that if you are not a citizen, you will be prosecuted for contempt of court, and Kobach's fear that all these non citizens are out there voting. This will assure that all those who registered to vote this way will be able to vote in November. And since, the tea party Republicans tried to keep them from voting, hopefully they will not vote for them.
I still would like an answer from the tea party Republicans. If voter fraud is so rampant, is that how you were elected?

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MerriAnnie Smith 5 months, 1 week ago

Get out there and get after it, James. If your side is going to make it far too difficult for many elderly and disabled people to vote, then YOU should be the ones out there helping them get the problems you've caused for them fixed.

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

As it should be. The fraud lives in Topeka,Kansas ALEC GOP.

The Brownback administration is the fraud.

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

The voter fraud is in the ALEC GOP. Lying to voters day after day. Fraud Fraud Fraud = the lying GOP.

Voter ID and Election Laws

The GOP is directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws.

Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters -- including the elderly and the poor -- who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.

By suppressing the vote of such groups, ALEC/GOP model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote. In addition, the GOP wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that would devastate campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections.

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

Nonetheless keep checking your voting status to be sure YOUR vote has not been purged.

Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright discovered the hard way he had been purged because no birth certificate had been made available under the new nonsense laws in Texas. Yes of course he rectified the situation however this voter suppression activity needs some serious investigation.

Better yet stop voting GOP because this subverted party can no longer be trusted.

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Julius Nolan 5 months, 1 week ago

The GOP's ultimate goal is no Democratic or independent voters being allowed to vote.

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Lane Signal 5 months, 1 week ago

This law is about intimidation and alienation of those less likely to be able to provide official documentation. This is about the GOP trying to make it harder for those who have fewer means and are perhaps disenfranchised from the mainstream to vote. This law is about the right trying to frustrate and encumber likely liberal voters into staying a way from the polls. Republicans are sometimes pretty open about the agenda here.

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MerriAnnie Smith 5 months, 1 week ago

They're open about their slimy behavior because most of their voters are just as slimy and they're cheering them on. Sad day in this country when so many have no character.

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James Page 5 months, 1 week ago

Obviously, your not familiar with the history of Chicago politics which is filled with fraudulent elections over the last 150 years. Did you hear about the liberal convention that was held to debate "voter suppression"? You had to have a picture ID to be admitted! Fact not fiction.

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Jim Slade 5 months, 1 week ago

sigh

Picture ID is NOT the same as citizenship.

Learn to read for comprehension, please.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 1 week ago

And James, this isn't Chicago. If we are so rampant with voter fraud, is this how the Republicans continue to be elected?

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Scott Quenette 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank goodness we have a federal government to protect the rights of people in the states.

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