Attorneys eye quick schedule for voting law appeal

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a federal election agency is seeking a court hearing this summer to determine whether the federal government has to follow Kansas’ rules for requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1mK6nT7 ) that acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels proposed the schedule in court filings made Tuesday with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Samuels encouraged the court to hold oral arguments as early as July 21 or as late as Sept. 8, which could still allow the court to issue a ruling before the Oct. 14 voter registration deadline in Kansas.

The issue is whether the federal Election Assistance Commission must include Kansas-specific instructions on voting forms requiring proof of citizenship to register.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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