Kobach to hold public meeting on SAFE Act

By The Mercury

The Kansas Secretary of State will hold a public meeting on the state’s new voter identification law here next week.

Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo said Wednesday that the meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. June 5 at the Manhattan Public Library. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is expected to be in attendance to discuss implementation of the law.

The Kansas Secure And Fair Elections Act, known as the SAFE Act, requires that voters bring some form of photo identification to the polls with them. Beginning in January, it will also require that persons registering to vote for the first time must prove U.S. citizenship.

The bill was signed into law in April following a lobbying campaign in which Kobach played a central role.

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