Voter Citizenship Lawsuits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is asking a federal judge to stay a lawsuit over the state’s voter proof-of-citizenship law while another case he initiated is being heard.

Kobach filed a request Thursday in federal court in a lawsuit filed against him in November in state court by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wants to prevent Kobach from setting up different registration systems for voters based on whether they use state or federal forms. The federal form doesn’t require proof of U.S. citizenship.

Kobach is pursuing his own federal lawsuit to force a change in the national form. He’s also moved to pull the ACLU case into federal court.

ACLU Chief Counsel Doug Bonney said the federal court has no jurisdiction to intervene in its case.