“Court Permanently Blocks Kansas’s Dual Voter Registration System”

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A state court has ordered a permanent halt to Kansas’ dual voter registration system, meaning thousands of Kansans will have their votes counted for federal, state, and local elections in next week’s election and beyond.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the dual system, which had allowed some Kansans to vote for federal offices but not state and local offices, due solely to their method of registration. Secretary of State Kris Kobach attempted to formalize the system via an administrative rule, and the ACLU asked the court to permanently block it. Judge Larry Hendricks today agreed, ruling that Kobach “simply lacks the authority to create a two-tiered system of voter registration.”

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