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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Kan. voter citizenship amendment rejected

  • Kansas legislators ended a special session without debating proposed changes in a law requiring new voters to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when they register.
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  • TOPEKA — Kansas legislators ended a special session without debating proposed changes in a law requiring new voters to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when they register.
    Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau tried Wednesday to add language to a bill on criminal sentencing that would have let new voters sign a sworn statement attesting that they're U.S. citizens.
    The Republican-controlled Senate ruled the proposal out of order.
    Another Wichita Democrat, House member Jim Ward, had the same result with a similar amendment Tuesday in his chamber.
    The registration law took effect in January and is designed to prevent non-citizens from voting. But the registrations of more than 15,000 legal Kansas residents are on hold because they have yet to provide proper documentation of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate.
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