WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge said his decision in a lawsuit asking
federal election officials to require proof-of-citizenship for voter
registrations will be based on who gets to decide what is necessary to determine
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren is hearing arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit
brought by Arizona and Kansas seeking a court order to force the U.S. Election
Assistance Commission to modify federal voter registration forms to require more
documentation for residents of their states.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the court the issue is one of
immense political importance that a federal agency should decide.
The Justice Department argued that Congress established the federal form and
gave the agency discretionary authority. The department argues the states have
other ways to check applicants’ citizenship status without requiring additional