WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Several Kansas faith, labor and community groups gathered in Wichita to mobilize opposition to an effort to move up the start date for new Kansas voter identification laws.
Participants oppose a push by Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require people who are voting for the first time to show proof of citizenship starting in March, rather than in January 2013 as the law now requires.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the group says starting the requirement in March could keep thousands from participating in the 2012 elections. They said people who don’t have driver’s licenses or changes in name or address may not have the documentation required to register to vote.
But Kobach says the objections are premature because regulations being drafted will address many of their concerns.