Kansas May Limit Voting with Three Tier Voter Plan

| by Michael Allen

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is preparing to create a three tier voting system in the state, which will allow some voters to cast a ballot in all elections, some people to vote for Congressional and presidential candidates (general elections) and others to be denied voting completely.

Kobach says the idea is “merely a contingency plan” in case he loses a lawsuit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

In that lawsuit, Kobach wants federal voter registration forms to include a state-specific proof of citizenship requirement, notes The Topeka Capital-Journal.

But if that lawsuit fails, Kobach's new plan creates three classes of voters, reports The Wichita Eagle.

Kansas voters who use the state or federal voter registration form and provide documents proving their citizenship would vote in all federal, state and local elections.

Voters who use the federal form, but don't provide citizenship, would be allowed to vote only for president, vice president and Congress.

People who use the state form and don't prove their citizenship would not vote in any elections.

The proof of citizenship has to be a birth certificate or passport. There must be some other type of special identification for someone is born overseas, adopted, is part of a federally recognized tribe or is a naturalized citizen.

“The federal government doesn’t have the authority to tell Kansas what to do in Kansas elections,” claims Kobach.

The American Civil Liberties Union has notified Kobach that it intends to sue if he does not cancel the citizenship requirements.

Sources: The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle