Official seeks driver's license list in voting rights case

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Posted: Dec 15, 2016 8:41 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is asking a federal court to order the state to release a list of about 21,000 people who have temporary driver's licenses in an apparent effort to bolster his claims that noncitizens are voting.

The move comes in a civil lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging a Kansas law requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The Kansas Department of Revenue has resisted disclosure based on potential privacy issues. Kobach argues that such license holders are noncitizens with no privacy rights.

Kansas issues temporary driver's licenses to noncitizens who are lawfully in the U.S.

Kobach seemingly wants to compare that list with voting rolls as part of his defense case in the civil litigation.