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Most new voter registrations held in suspense

Nearly two-thirds of the more than 22,000 Kansas voter registration applications submitted between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 were placed “in suspense” because they didn’t provide proof of citizenship, according to state elections director Bryan Caskey. And because of a rule change made by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, those applications will be purged after 90 days unless proper documents are submitted. Also of note, the majority of Kansans who registered to vote at motor vehicle offices and are on the suspense list are young adults – people the state should be encouraging to join the electoral process. – Phillip Brownlee