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Sometimes it’s the simple things
Johnson Co., Kansas finds simple solution for proof-of-citizenship

Each month, about 50 residents in the Johnson County area of Kansas become newly minted U.S. citizens.

Like naturalization ceremonies in most jurisdictions, following the speeches and the official swearing in and before they get to the punch and cake, with the help of the League of Women Voters, the new citizens are given a chance to register to vote.

However, unlike most other jurisdictions outside of Kansas (and Arizona) these newly registered voters have to show proof of citizenship, something that seemed simple enough given the occasion, but actually proved problematic.

“Even though these new citizens were being sworn in and were given a naturalization number, our law required a copy of the certificate scanned to their records,” explained Brian Newby, Johnson County election commissioner.

Trying to find a simple and inexpensive way to eliminate at least approximately 50 of the 300 or so incomplete registrations his office gets a month, Newby met with the county’s League of Women Voters (LWV) and they came up with a shockingly simple and cost-effective idea. Read More…

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