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>> Before they can even register to vote in the elections this fall, residents in Kansas being asked to prove they're American citizens, showing a passport or a birth certificate. It's the toughest such voter law in the country. Putting Kansas at the center of a heated and growing storm over voter ID.
Campaign reporter John Whitesides is back from covering the story in Wichita.>> It's a requirement that you be a US citizen to vote in a US election. But proving your citizenship is normally done by ticking a box on the voters registration form attesting to the fact that you are a citizen under the penalty of perjury.
That requires hard documents that for a lot of people are difficult to find.>> Thank you.>> Conservative advocates say the measure enacted in 2013 cracks down on voter fraud. But critics say there is little evidence of such fraud on even a minor scale, and that young voters will ultimately pay the price.
>> This is a law that hits young voters really hard. Young voters obviously, are the ones most likely to be new registrants. The ones that are most likely to be trying to register, they're also the ones most likely to have difficulty having a birth certificate or a passport in hand, when they're walking up registering to vote.
>> The brainchild of nationally known conservative and Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach. The law has so far effected 36,000 Kansans whose voting rights have been put on hold pending proof of citizenship. A Reuters analysis shows that more than half of those were voters 21 or younger. Young voters tend to lean towards Democrats and independent candidates.
While the law is unlikely to change the outcome in heavily Republican Kansas, if enacted widely such a law could have a major impact on future elections.