11,000 Kan. voter applicants have failed to provide proof of citizenship as required by state law

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Records from the Kansas secretary of state's office indicate one-third of all voter registration applications submitted this year are in a state of "suspense" because the applicant failed to provide proof of citizenship.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 310 of the 370 applications in suspense in Douglas County came from the state's Division of Vehicles, where people getting their driver's licenses often register to vote.

More than 11,000 applications submitted since Jan. 1 are in suspense, while 20,780 voters have been added to the rolls during that period.

A $40 million upgrade to the Division of Vehicles computer system was supposed to store electronic copies of birth certificates and other proof-of-citizenship documents and send them to election officials, but Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says that hasn't happened.

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