Archive for Friday, August 3, 2012

Retired judge’s portrait not enough to satisfy state voter ID law

August 3, 2012


— His portrait hangs in the courthouse where he went to cast an advance ballot, but a former Kansas judge says that wasn't enough satisfy the state's new voter photo identification law.

The Hutchinson News reports that retired Reno County District Judge Richard Rome was denied a primary election ballot last week because he didn't have photo identification with him.

The 77-year-old former judge says he was stunned — especially because the three people at the polling table knew him.

Rome says he recently renewed his driver's license and hadn't received a new, permanent license with a photo. But he had the old one in his car, and used it to get a ballot.

Poll workers told the newspaper they're requiring photo ID from everyone, including the county's deputy elections officer.


csun 5 years, 8 months ago

If they can keep a retired judge in KS from voting, just think how many people will be denied or delayed in all the other Photo ID states. I sure hope the ACLU case to overturn the PA photo ID law is successful and will help overturn the others in the US ( including KS). There has NEVER been such a move to deny citizens their right to vote since Reconstruction.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

The people there knew the judge. Why am I not at all surprised that you do not agree with common sense.

blogme 5 years, 8 months ago

A judge unable to get a free ID? Seriously...Smells more like political activism.

gatekeeper 5 years, 8 months ago

Did you read the article? He's waiting for his new license to arrive.

Alyosha 5 years, 8 months ago

And what, in a democracy, is wrong with political activism? Should people just stay home and not do anything about making changes they want to see happen?

I have no idea whether this is political activism or not (the facts suggest not; he just didn't have his ID on him). But I'm not sure why you appear to believe there's something wrong with being political active.

jmadison 5 years, 8 months ago

Does the DMV no longer provide a temporary paper renewal license with the individual's picture on it? Was the judge driving without the renewal license?

msezdsit 5 years, 8 months ago

"This was just a ploy to show how rediculuos this Judge is, and it definately shows his liberal politics."

Nope, just a ploy to show how ridiculous this law is and the people behind it. It worked.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't forget, trying to assemble peacefully or attempting to use his right to free speech without an ID.

People have the right to elect their representatives, but it is a privilege to drive or fly.

It is only a matter of time before people will be stopped on the streets and told -- Show me your papers! God forbid you don't comply.

Alyosha 5 years, 8 months ago

What's wrong with liberal politics? It's a free country, isn't it? You seem to forget that the Founders, in their day, were flaming lefty liberals compared to the Tory British they rebelled against.

"Liberal" is only pejorative for they who have no idea what they're talking about, nor any understanding of history.

Alyosha 5 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately, this comment makes zero sense. For some reason the writer deploys quote marks with no reason, nor apparently has any control over the words used in their comments.

One wonders why the writer even bothers. It's not as though anything at all is being communicated.

tolawdjk 5 years, 8 months ago

FalseHopeNoChange is proof that No Child Left Behind is working. In a simpler time, ole Slingblade there would have been labeled an imbecile and allowed to roam around town square, maybe mowing a lawn or picking up trash, but not furthing his ability to communicate with society.

But not today! Sure it has taken multiple decades, but his communication has improved. He is using rudimentary sentence structure and at least is showing a concept of punctuation.

It is hoped, with time and effort, that he will be able to eventual communicate what is obviously occuring in that brain. I only hope it happens before infirmity robs him of the few higher intelligence functions that he has demonstrated.

My advice is to just say "that's nice", pat him on the head, and continue your adult converstions. It appears that he learns best be repetition, so if he sees adult behavior in others, he might seek to immulate that.

blindrabbit 5 years, 8 months ago

bigtoe: If the real purpose of the voter I.D. law was to guard against illegals (of any type) from voting in the election there would be no controversy; ,however the REAL reason is to prevent certain minorities from voting and therefore exercising their legal rights and affecting the election outcomes. Regardless of what SCOTUS has said, the real reason cannot be denyed, do you trust The Court in all of it's decisions. My guess is that based on your statement, that you probably do not agree with The Court's recent decision on the Health Care Law, how do you feel about SCOTUS now?

This voting controversy has a certain familiaity and parallels to some voter suppression issues in 1933 Germany when one Adolph Hitler convinced the Reichstag to pass "The Law For the Protection of People and the State", in effect to limit the vote of all parties except the Nazi Party. Unfortunately he was successful in his attempt, and the world had to deal with the consequences. Do not doubt that the real reason for the spate of these laws throughout the country is voter suppression and not preventing illegal voting, regardless of SCOTUS and all the right-wing bantering.

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that a picture ID--something so easily forged that many college students obtain them as a matter of course--is considered to be a more reliable form of identification than the direct knowledge of the official poll workers.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Hope none of you have your wallets stolen coming election day. If so -- No vote for you!

This is Amerika -- Show me your papers!

Alyosha 5 years, 8 months ago

Just like in PA. Read the Stipulation agreement that state agreed to, in which they admitted, among other things:

• There "have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states."

• Pennsylvania "will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania and elsewhere”

• They will not argue “that in person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absense of the Photo ID law."

In the same vein, Kansas Republicans have never provided any proof that there is or has been in-person voter fraud in Kansas. They have never shown that in-person voter fraud is likely to occur.

Thus, since there must be some reason for passing the law, it's only reasonable to think that the goal is to put barriers to voting in front of citizens who traditionally vote for moderates and Democrats. There is no other reason, as Pennsylvania admits.

In fact, a leading Republican in Pennsylvania state clearly the reasoning and goal for the ID law: "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

Why some Kansas citizens allow the most fundamental right of all to be so easily abridged is a wholly different question that only they themselves can answer for.

avoice 5 years, 8 months ago

It's starting to look like the biggest thing that will come out of this voter I.D. law will be finding out exactly how many people are driving around without carrying their driver's license. My son also is waiting for his driver's license card. It the meantime, he was issued a paper license that does, indeed, have his picture on it. If you're legal to drive, the State makes sure you have paper to prove it. So, carry it whenever you're driving. That's a law that I think we all have agreed is a law worth having.

beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Not everyone drives. Driving is not a requirement for citizenship. Citizens will be prevented from voting because of this law. Period.

tolawdjk 5 years, 8 months ago

Good job. Keep up the effort. I know you can do it.

Alyosha 5 years, 8 months ago

What a humorous post. So you admit that there is no evidence that voter fraud is a problem. In other words, it's just a night terror in your own, and others', minds.

What's next? Spending tax payer money to hunt for ghosts which could be influencing the election? Monsters under your bed who make you so scared you can't type a meaningful sentence?

The Founders roll over in their graves at such inane legislation that can't even point to a real problem it's attempting to fix.

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