GOP Voter ID Law Prevents 35K Kansas Residents From Casting a Ballot

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the state of Kansas for “illegal demands for additional proof of citizenship for people” registering to vote when renewing or applying for a driver’s license.

In the complaint, the ACLU accused the state of Kansas from blocking more than 35,000 potential voters from voting for 24 months (equal to 14% of new registrants), because they were required to product documents such as a US birth certificate or valid passport.

When compared to federal law, this 2013 change in Kansas is an overreach of federal requirements; as well as a prevention of potential democratic votes cast by minority and younger voters.

Aaron Belenky, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and a resident of Kansas affected by the voter ID law change, told the press that this restriction in tantamount to “putting up barriers between me and a very basic right”.

Belenky said he is “offended” over the fact that he would have to “open and riffle through boxes” to find his birth certificate and passport because the Kansas “state government [is] saying that they don’t believe me when I say I’m a citizen.”

In making the change, government of Kansas effectively violated a significant amount of voters with the purpose of attempting to say the vote in the GOP’s favor by making it difficult for monitories, students and the poor from casting a vote for a democrat.

Ralph Ortiz, a U.S. Air Force veteran who registered to vote in Kansas while renewing his driver’s license, was suspended from voting because he failed to “provide additional proof of citizenship”.

Ortiz wrote in a statement: “I joined the military to help protect American freedoms, yet now I’m being denied the most fundamental right in our democracy.”

Because of the voter ID law, 44% of 18 to 29 year old Kansas natives and 54% of non-party affiliated voters have been prevented from their constitutional right to vote.

Kansas is one of 5 Republican controlled states that have enacted proof-of-citizenship laws, beginning with Arizona in 2004. That law was struck down by the US Supreme Court (USSC) 3 years ago, writing in their opinion: “We conclude that the fairest reading of the statute is that a state-imposed requirement of evidence of citizenship not required by the federal form is ‘inconsistent with’ the NVRA’s mandate that states ‘accept and use’ the federal form.”

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