WICHITA, Kan. — A judge has agreed to limit what material the court can
consider in a lawsuit filed by Arizona and Kansas seeking to force federal
election officials to modify voter registration forms to require
proof-of-citizenship from residents in those states.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday sided with the U.S. Election
Assistance Commission in limiting his review to the existing administrative
record, rather than hold an evidentiary hearing in the case.
The decision means that the court will hear only arguments from attorneys
instead of considering any new evidence.
The election commission won its argument that any judicial review of its
January decision to reject the states’ request for the documentation requirement
should be limited to whether the decision was arbitrary or unlawful based only
on the administrative record.