Kansas and Arizona say yes. NRO has a detailed look at the case:

A major voting-law case that the Supreme Court looks likely to take next term, Kobach v. Election Assistance Commission, sets out a dispute between states and the federal government over whether Kansas can require inclusion of a proof-of-citizenship requirement on the National Mail Voter Registration Form. As the name suggests, this form is a single document that can be used nationwide to register to vote, with varying instructions for each state; the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is a federal agency whose responsibilities include creating and administering this form…

As Kobach states in petitions for Kansas and co-plaintiff Arizona, maintaining confidence in our voter-registration system — in this case, by removing ineligible voters from the voter rolls — is central to the National Voter Registration Act, the 1993 law that created the standard federal registration form. But it’s the law’s other provisions, on expanding ballot access, that seem to get all the attention, and the EAC barely mentioned the NVRA’s election-integrity goals in its 40-page decision denying Kobach’s request.

Kansas and Arizona have now filed their request for SCOTUS review:

Kobach argues Supreme Court guidance is needed because the case is of paramount national importance. “It’s a really profoundly important case,” Kobach said. “The founding fathers were emphatic that the states get to decide who is a qualified voter and who is not. It was a critical point in the Constitution that the federal government would have to follow the states on this matter.”

“William Hazard, 53, of West Boynton, pleaded guilty Friday to one voter registration fraud felony charge, and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 36 months probation, according to a plea agreement.”

A bill to curtail ballot harvesting – and the potential voter fraud that comes with it – passed Arizona’s House Appropriations Committee.  Senate Bill 1339 makes it a felony for anyone other than a family or household member, caregiver, or candidate to collect more than two early ballots from voters during a two-year election cycle.

Responding to “numerous questions or concerns,” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office will “dispatch an Election Quick Response Team to monitor the Special School Tax Referendum Election in Baldwin County on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.”

Earlier this month, the state launched the Alabama Election Fairness Project to investigate and prosecute voter fraud and other illegal election activity. The Secretary of State’s office also maintains a dedicated Voter Fraud Unit that handles complaints.

Hans von Spakovsky writing for the Daily Signal. Great news  for those interested in election integrity and common sense reforms like voter ID: The Supreme Court today removed the final legal obstacle to implementing Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The Court refused to hear the American Civil Liberties Union’s appeal of a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that threw out the injunction issued against the state’s ID law by federal district court Judge Lynn Adelman.

“The chairwoman of the Democratic Organization in Perth Amboy has resigned after a scathing ruling by a judge that pointed toward pervasive voter fraud in the November city council elections.”

Village Clerk Jane Romanowski in Pleasant Prairie and City Clerk Debra Salas in Kenosha are taking the on-off-on-again starts and stops in stride.  “We have had elections with and without photo ID,” Romanowski said. “So, it is just a matter of implementing once again the processes we had in place and educating the electors. No additional staff will be required.”

Said Salas: “Many changes have occurred in the way elections are conducted over recent years. Staff and election inspectors have had some experience with the photo ID law. We plan to continue to provide information, education and training to ensure a smooth transition into this process as we have with other changes.” “Logistics relating to photo ID have been in place, ready to go,” Salas added.

Link to Kenoshawnews.com

In a rare move, a Superior Court judge this week threw out the November election results for a City Council seat, ordering a new election after finding that the city’s Democratic chairwoman took advantage of elderly nursing home residents.

Among the residents whose mail-in ballots were thrown out Wednesday by Judge Heidi Currier was a blind man, a resident who couldn’t recall either her address or having voted, and others who testified that Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez coerced them…

The judge said the fraud “went far beyond a technical violation” and was “pervasive and far reaching and likely not just limited to these individuals whose ballots have been contested.”   The 13 ballots invalidated exceeded the margin of victory in the contested Perth Amboy election.

“It’s shameful that these residents were taken advantage of by an individual who had a direct personal interest in this election [and who] either used her influence over these residents or took advantage of their waning competence,” Currier said.

“A judge in New Brunswick ordered a new election Thursday for one seat on Perth Amboy’s city council, finding there was voter fraud that led to at least 13 ballots illegally cast.”  The contested election was decided by just nine votes.

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Wisconsin is Now a Voter ID State

After an extensive legal battle over the state’s photo voter identification law, Wisconsin will begin enforcement in February 2016. The move came after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht applauded the news stating, “Today’s decision is by no means a partisan victory, as every citizen participating in the electoral process can know with confidence that only their ballot will be waiting when they go vote … Our movement was built on the idea that voters should engage and educate each other on how to best rebuild accountability into the voting process. Today’s news in Wisconsin marks a critical accomplishment in the national push for election integrity.”

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Maryland

Election Integrity Maryland has created a section on its website to detail all the work being done for election reform legislation. Click here to access it.

Texas

HB 621 – Relates to the termination of a volunteer deputy voter registrar’s appointment. Under the bill, county election officials would be empowered to revoke deputy status should they engage in any activity considered to be a violation of duties. Contact members of the House Committee on Elections to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

SB 795 – Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Under this bill, Texas would join a majority of states engaging in cooperative voter roll maintenance. Contact members of the Senate Committee on State Affairs to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

SB 796 -- Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens excused or disqualified from jury service. The bill would make records of individuals claiming non-citizenship as an excuse to be excused from jury duty a matter of public record – significantly easing the process for concerned citizens to assist in voter roll cleanup. Contact members of the Senate Committee on State Affairs to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

HB 891 -- Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Contact members of the House Committee on Elections to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

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