On June 10, 2016, in Witchita, Kansas, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that protects a lower court’s order. The appeals court upheld the decision which requires Kansas to refrain from blocking almost 50,000 individuals from voting in federal elections.
This ruling states that those who did not provide documentation confirming they are U.S. Citizens when they registered to vote at the DMV.
The Appeals Court has stated that Kansas has yet made the necessary steps to appeal the ruling. It is likely the state will quickly do so, according to ABC News.
The first court order was issued last month by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson. She made it clear that the state’s proof-of-citizenship law has dispossessed more than 18,000 people, which makes up less than 10 percent of the state’s voting population.
The state petitioned the 10th Circuit Court to overturn the lower court’s ruling. The complaint stated ruling would cause a substantial burden. Kansas estimated that in addition to the people whose registrations had already been canceled or suspended under the law, the order would affect anyone who registers to vote at motor vehicle offices before the November elections.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued the ruling could cause confusion and a massive number of voting applications coming in months before the presidential election. The judge stated that Kansas needs to comply with the ruling by Tuesday, June 14.
Written by Brandy Combs
Edited by Cathy Milne
ABC News: 10th Circuit: Kansas Can’t Block Voters From Casting Ballots
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