By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
8:02 PM CST, January 1, 2013
Register to vote in Kansas from now on and there's an extra step involved.
What you'll need is documentation--such as a birth certificate--to prove you're a U.S. citizen.
That's if you are not already registered--otherwise, you don't need to worry about it.
Kansas is a among a growing number of states implementing tougher restrictions on voter registration.
Supporters say it's all about eliminating fraud which can make the difference in close elections.
"It's not fair to the people who voted to have their votes stolen by a handful of people that shouldn't have voted," Kansans For Liberty's Craig Gabel says.
Opponents say it's about voter suppression.
"We're fighting a problem that doesn't exist," the League of Women Voters' Carole Neal says. "The illegal immigrants are not rushing to the polls to vote."
Groups such as the League of Women Voters that organize on-the-spot registration drives say the new law poses a particular challenge for them. It'll require people to have the right documentation with them, and volunteers to make photo copies, then mail them in to the local election office.
Click here for more on the law and exactly what it requires.
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