Legg wants Kentuckians to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote

04/13/2011 07:08 AM

Republican candidate for Secretary of State Hilda Legg is pushing a proposal to require Kentuckians to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

That seems to go one step further than her GOP primary opponent, Bill Johnson, who has run on a platform of requiring Kentuckians to show their drivers license when they show up to the voting booths.

“More so than just the photo ID at the polls, is to show your proof of citizenship when you register to vote,” she said.

That would include bringing a birth certificate or passport when someone registers to vote either at the county clerks office.

“When our young people go in to register to vote, I want them to know it’s important. Having to show you are, in fact, a citizen of the United States, that helps to make it more significant that you are now a voter,” she said.

Legg said that proposal is unrelated to continued skepticism by some about whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States as birth certificate from Hawaii and Hawaii officials attest.

“The American people have spoken and they have elected Barack Obama,” she said. “I can’t do anything about that. So I’m not moving in that direction. I’m moving to help ensure that Kentucky voters are those who are legal.”

She said she wouldn’t push for the ability to open primaries to allow independents to vote in Republican or Democratic primaries.

“Our two-party system has served us well, and I see no real reason to change that,” she said.

Legg first talked about her background and reason for running in the Republican primary.

- Ryan Alessi

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