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Posted: Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:36PM

No Senate Debate on Voter Citizenship Amendment

     TOPEKA, Kan.  -  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.
     Democrat 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 his similar amendment Tuesday. 
     The registration law took effect in January and is designed to prevent non-citizens from voting.  However, 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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