Voter I.D. bill set to become law in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansans will have to show a photo ID to vote beginning next year.

But new voters won't have to prove their citizenship to register until 2013 under a bill the House passed 111-11 and sent to the governor, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill would make Kansas the 10th state to require a photo ID at the polls.

"Securing our elections is not a Republican issue. It's not a Democrat issue. It's an American issue," said Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a major backer of the measure. "This bill ensures that in Kansas it's easy to vote, but hard to cheat."

Others have questioned whether voter fraud is rampant in Kansas. They say the law will create a maze of obstacles for legitimate voters.

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