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January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2016

CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 212-284-7347,isarda-sorensen@aclu.org

TOPEKA, Kan. — A state court has struck down Kansas' two-tiered voter registration system, ruling that Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office overstepped its legal authority by creating a system that prevents federal form registrants from voting in state and local elections. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the dual system.

"This ruling is a victory for the people of Kansas. It says their right to vote in state and local elections should be honored, no matter what form they used to register," said Julie Ebenstein, an attorney with the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. "It also correctly calls out state officials for overstepping their legal authority when they concocted the system in the first place."
The lawsuit, Belenky v. Kobach, was filed in the Third Judicial District in Topeka.

The ruling is at:https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/belenky-v-kobach-summary-judgment

This statement is at:https://www.aclu.org/news/court-strikes-down-kansas-two-tiered-voter-registration-system

More information is at:https://www.aclu.org/cases/belenky-v-kobach
 
News Coverage
"Kansas Secretary Of State Loses Battle For Stricter Voter Registration -- Again", The Huffington Post, 1/19/2016