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Kobach's proposal for removing 36K-plus from Kansas voter rolls expected to draw criticism

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TOPEKA, Kansas — Secretary of State Kris Kobach's critics are expected to protest his plan for removing more than 36,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls.

Kobach's office is having a hearing Wednesday on a rule the secretary of state proposed to deal with registrations that aren't complete. County election officials would be required to cancel them after 90 days.

About 32,000 of the incomplete registrations are for people who haven't yet complied with a requirement to provide election officials with papers documenting their U.S. citizenship.

Kobach championed the requirement as a way to combat election fraud. His critics contend it suppresses turnout.

The attorney general's office and Department of Administration have approved the rule, but Kobach is required by law to have a public hearing and consider possible changes.

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