Voter I.D. Dispute Continues To Drag Out As Election Day Nears

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has taken a step toward allowing the state to enforce its proof-of-citizenship requirement for some new voters.

Late Tuesday, an attorney for Kobach filed a formal answer to a federal lawsuit challenging a 2013 state law requiring new voters to provide papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering.

The lack of a formal response on Tuesday prompted a court clerk to enter a default judgment for the prospective voter suing Kobach.

Previous court rulings have temporarily narrowed the rule so it doesn’t apply to people who use a federal registration form or register at state motor vehicle offices.

It’s not clear whether U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson will accept Kobach’s filing, but attorneys challenging the law’s constitutionality said judges often do.


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Now in his third year as News Director at KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake, Chad is a jack of not all, but many trades. He spent previous years of his working life in hotel management, event planning, security, the aviation industry, staff writing for a newspaper, and as a small business owner. He began doing play-by-play of high school sports for KDNS and KZDY in 2009 and came to work full time for the stations in July of 2015. He is the father of an eight year old daughter who enjoys spending his free time with her, his very significant other and her children. His favorite activities include attending live music and sporting events as well as being a singer/songwriter. A natural conversationalist, he also enjoys a good discussion/debate on a myriad of topics from current events and politics to sports and philosophy. He resides in Beloit with his daughter and continues to write sports and meeting stories for the local newspaper.