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No restraining order for voting form change

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., refused last week to issue a temporary restraining order to block new federal voter registration forms for Kansas and two other states that ask voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The League of Women Voters argued that Brian Newby, executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, didn’t have authority to change the forms. But the judge concluded that the plaintiffs failed to show that “irreparable harm” would result if the EAC’s action was not halted immediately. – Phillip Brownlee