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"Law and Politics: What’s the Matter with Kansas (and Arizona)?"

Kansas and Arizona won an important victory in court the other day. In Kobach v. The United States Election Assistance Commission, a federal judge ruled that a state was constitutionally permitted to require voters to produce proof of citizenship before being allowed to vote in federal elections. Going forward, birth certificates, passports, or other citizenship-related IDs could be demanded in congressional or presidential elections. The ruling obviously is an invitation for other states to follow suit, making it more difficult for many otherwise eligible voters to cast a ballot in this year’s midterm elections.

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