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League celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Kansans don’t see as many voter registration tables set up at events and store entrances as they used to, mostly because since 2013 joining the voter rolls has meant producing a birth certificate or other proof of U.S. citizenship. Good for the League of Women Voters-Wichita Metro for planning to celebrate National Voter Registration Day by registering voters from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North, East, South, West and Downtown YMCAs. Barb Fuller, co-president of the local league, told The Eagle editorial board that registrants will need to follow up by providing their citizenship documentation to the Sedgwick County Election Commissioner’s Office. But credit the league with trying to increase voter registration and participation. That stands in contrast to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the author of the citizenship paperwork mandate and voter-ID law, who published a new rule last week that will give people who have begun the registration process only 90 days to prove citizenship. After that, they’ll have to start over. – Rhonda Holman