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Emergency Stay Over Voter Citizenship

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has temporarily suspended an order requiring Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote with a national form.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Thursday the emergency request sought by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and voting rights groups.

The decision means Kansas and Arizona voters can continue to register to vote using the federal form without having to document their citizenship.

At issue is the order by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren requiring the agency to immediately modify a federal voter registration form to add instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about proof-of-citizenship requirements.

Thursday's decision temporarily stays Melgren's ruling, giving Kansas and Arizona until Tuesday to respond.

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