Archive for Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew preparing for voter ID law to go into effect

June 29, 2011


A new state law designed to prevent voter fraud will require voters to bring valid photo identification to the polls next year.

But anyone who forgets won’t be shut out.

“If you don’t have one, you can still cast a provisional ballot,” said Jamie Shew, Douglas County clerk. “You’re not going to be turned away from the polls.”

Communicating such information widely and clearly will be essential leading up to elections in August 2012, Shew said, as counties work to enact the new voter ID rules, implement redistricting and handle large numbers of voters for local, state and national races.

Shew is in New Jersey this week, soaking up training, information and strategies during a meeting of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers.

Of particular use is meeting with election officials from Indiana and other states where voter ID laws already are in effect, he said. The key is to focus on public education, so that voters understand what they need to do to vote.

In Kansas, that will mean bringing a valid, government-issued photo ID — such as a driver’s license, a passport, a college student ID — to the correct polling place. Without an ID, a voter still can cast a provisional ballot and then bring the valid ID to the clerk’s office by Thursday of the week that follows Election Day.

Shew is seeking financing through the county budget to send out a mailer to registered voters, likely to cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.

Still to be determined: how election officials will require photo IDs for people requesting to vote by mail. That’s among the issues to be discussed by a new task force appointed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is working on regulations for implementing the law.

Shew is among 18 local election officials on the task force, which met for the first time Tuesday. And while Shew wasn’t there — he’s still in New Jersey, where he’s staying with relatives while at the conference — he’s busy preparing for future task force meetings.

“How these rules and regulations are set out will really impact Douglas County,” he said. “I think it’s important for us to have a seat at the table.”


Ralph Reed 6 years, 9 months ago

I know Jamie will make sure things run right in Douglas County, in spite of Kobach.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper just to cancel the elections and let Kris and the Koch brothers take over the functions of government?

jhawkinsf 6 years, 9 months ago

If we hold an election and nobody shows up, will we still have a democracy? Considering the very low numbers in the last local election and add a little voter suppression and what we have is something short of democracy.

Jake Esau 6 years, 9 months ago

If people don't show up to the election, that's their own fault... not the fault of the election organizers. The vast majority if people carry a photo ID with them at most times, I don't see why the ID rule is such a big problem as long as there is a way to get a free one (which I believe is the case under the new law).

Robert Schehrer 6 years, 9 months ago

I know lots of folks that don't have a driver's license, passport or a colllege student ID. Do you know how they go about getting a free ID so they can vote?

Robert Schehrer 6 years, 8 months ago

What.............. Because someone doesn't drive a car, travel outside of the US or is enrolled in college then they shouldn't vote. What kind of logic is that.

Jean1183 6 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm, CR.....along with not voting they must not seek medical care either. A lot of medical offices now ask for photo ID to prevent insurance fraud. Unless... they make enough that they can pay out of pocket, in which case the cost of an ID is moot.

Robert Schehrer 6 years, 8 months ago

Same question. I don't drive a car, travel outside of the US ,nor am I enrolled in college. So, I do not have a government issued photo ID. It is not the cost, I just don't need any of the listed government issued photo ID's.

Robert Schehrer 6 years, 8 months ago

No I do not need a driver's license,a passport nor a student ID card. If I need a voter photo ID, then the county should issue me one at no cost to me.

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

I don't understand the problem they ask for ID when you cash a check or use a card but let them ask for ID at the polls so to make sure your a US citizen everybodys up in arms get real people.

beatrice 6 years, 9 months ago

Cashing a check isn't a Constitutional right. Yes, protecting Constitutional rights is real. Sorry if you don't think so.

Should you have to show your ID if practicing your right to free speech?

"Show me your papers."

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

i want to protect my rights by makeing sure whos voting on them I take it you don't care.

tolawdjk 6 years, 8 months ago

I think a piece of plastic has never protected anyone's rights.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

Are you wondering if I don't care if you want to protect your rights by putting restraints on them, or are you wondering if I don't care about the rights themselves? Well, I care enough about our rights that I want to see them protected, if that answers your implied question.

Sorry you care so little about our rights that you so freely want to put limitations on them. Hope you never get old and have your drivers license expire. That would be a shame to go to the polls and be treated like an illegal immigrant just because you are old. I also hope you don't lose your wallet on election day. And I certainly hope you look just like your ID photograph at all times.

Not that you seem concerned. As a citizen you always carry your papers. Wise choice, because at any moment someone might stop you to see them. Glad you are okay with that.

tolawdjk 6 years, 8 months ago

Does your college ID state if you are a foreign national or not?

Will a Bethel University ID work? It isn't a govt. institution.

How about the Univeristy of Phoenix?

tweetysvoice 6 years, 8 months ago

I can answer about UOP. As a former student, the student ID does not have a photo on it - so I'm pretty sure that it would not count as a "photo id".

I do believe that it's only $5-10 to get a state issued ID from the DMV, but you have to bring a birth certificate and other proof of identification

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe pretty soon, we'll all have a chip embedded under our skin. Then that's all we'll need.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

But, with the latest advances in video and computer software technology, you can be positively identified by the pattern of each iris in your eyes as you walk by. They are just as unique as fingerprints.

The only thing that will block recognition is to wear opaque contact lenses, and that would be rather obvious to the system.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

One more thing, Jesse, do you really think a fake ID is that difficult to obtain? If you are going to all the trouble of voting illegally, a fake ID seems easy. Just ask any college student or bar owner on Mass.

average 6 years, 8 months ago

Or (assuming there's a tremendous number of fraud cases) do we think the 90-year-old election volunteers know what a fake Garden City Community College ID or Vermont driver's license (both theoretically adequate under the law) looks like?

The proving citizenship is the harder part. My late father had to fight the state of New Jersey for almost three years to get a certified birth certificate. 5 different 'sorry, no such record' letters before they went 'oh, yeah, here it is'.

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