Kansas Voting Restrictions
Update since 2016: In 2018, a federal district court struck down the state’s documentary proof of citizenship law. That decision is on appeal.
New restriction(s) in place for the first time in 2016: Documentary proof of citizenship required to register using the state registration form. But, by court order, certain individuals who registered without showing documentary proof must be permitted to vote.
Restriction(s) in place for the first time in 2012: Photo ID required to vote.
Click here to see the types of ID required under Kansas’s law.
Background: The documentary proof of citizenship requirement has been the subject of multiple lawsuits. A 2014 federal court ruling had found the requirement unenforceable on the federal mail-in voter registration form. But in January 2016, the Election Assistance Commission’s Executive Director announced that documentary proof of citizenship would be added to the national voter registration form instructions for Kansas, as well as Alabama and Georgia. A federal appeals court blocked the registration requirement for the national from on September 9, 2016. That action is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.
A Republican-controlled legislature passed both the photo ID and documentary proof of citizenship requirements in 2011, and they were signed by a GOP governor.