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Before you vote, check facts

August 5, 2012


In preparation for Tuesday’s primary election, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew answered some questions that he said continue to cause confusion among voters, particularly concerning Kansas’ new voter ID law.

Shew said his office was receiving many calls from concerned voters, but he hoped that even voters with questions will come to the polls Tuesday. No one should leave the polls without having the opportunity to vote, he said, even if it means voting through a provisional ballot. Voters who cast provisional ballots will have an opportunity to provide additional ID or other information after the election to confirm their eligibility and make sure their votes are counted.

Here are some common questions and Shew’s answers:

What kind of identification do I need to vote?

A driver’s license or state-issued ID card will work, as will a U.S. passport, government employee badge (issued by a Kansas government entity), student ID card or Kansas concealed carry license.

Does the address on my ID need to match my address in the poll book?

No. Election officials will accept identification cards from across the country. You do not need proof of address to vote, as long as you are registered.

Does my full name need to exactly match that on my ID?

No. “It’s commonly accepted that ‘Jim’ and ‘James’ will be the same person,” Shew said. But surnames do need to match. If your ID does not match your last name in the register or vice versa, you can cast a provisional ballot and then provide matching identification to clear up the name confusion.

If I cast a provisional ballot, will my vote be counted?

Yes. Voters who cast provisional ballots have seven business days to present a proper ID so their vote is counted.

How do I make sure?

ID verification can be provided to the clerk’s office by fax, email, mail or in person. You can get more information about where and how to send your documentation by calling 832-5267.

Will I get any reminders?

Shew said he had appointed an “ID liaison” to call provisional voters in the week following the election and remind them to submit their IDs.

I want to get ID before the primary. Do I still have time?

Shew’s office has begun issuing county ID cards that can be used for voting and can be processed in about a day. Members of the clerk’s staff have visited several group living facilities and will continue to do so through Monday, Shew said. If you’d like to get a county ID for yourself or ask about having representatives visit your home or agency, you can reach the office at 832-5267.

Do I have to vote in the primary?

Shew said that a common misconception is that people must vote in the primary to be eligible to vote in the November general election. That’s not the case. Registered voters will remain on the rolls even if they don’t vote Tuesday.

Can I change my party affiliation in this primary?

Unaffiliated voters can declare an affiliation on the day of the primary, but voters registered with one party can’t switch to the other at the polls.

Where can I get more information? Or see a sample ballot? has more information, including a place to check your registration, find your polling place and see a sample ballot.


Darrell Lea 5 years, 8 months ago

Les - if that's really you - Free Wood Post is a satire site. It has nothing to do with facts.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 8 months ago

Les - Since you seem to have all the numbers in front of you, could you please also tell us how much was given to charity in the year you mentioned. Then, just out of curiosity, could you compare that number to the amount you gave in charity that same year. I thank you in advance.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 8 months ago

That's O.K. My question was clearly rhetorical, meant to bring up the point that no matter what amount Romney paid in taxes in any given year, his charitable contributions would likely be much higher than Les', or anyone else in this forum.

And I'm still not voting for either Romney or Obama.

Enlightenment 5 years, 8 months ago

Kind of like the conservatives going to Fox and claiming their stories are all fact.

jjt 5 years, 8 months ago

I have taken the liberty of printing the above three posts before they get removed. I hope to be able to ask my accountant if I can claim similar things. It will be fascinating to see if any of this gets used by the main stream news media and the late night talk show guys. But the really important question is, who wears the Toupee?. Clearly one has to ask, if it is the candidate, does American want someone who................. ..................................... and why not?

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 8 months ago

Kansas’ day of political reckoning is Tuesday.

Primary voters will determine whether Gov. Sam Brownback gets a Legislature willing to cooperate fully with his draconian social and fiscal agendas.

The House is there already. Only two or three votes in the Senate stand in the way. That’s why Brownback and his allies, which include the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the wealthy Koch family in Wichita, are pulling out all the stops to purge the Senate of moderate Republicans.

Kansas will be a meaner and poorer state if voters allow that to happen.

The shape of public education. Brownback and the Legislature have cut deeply from the operating budgets of public school districts already. A fair number of lawmakers disagree that a key function of state government is to maintain quality schools; some actually resent public education as a symbol of government overreach. That all plays into Brownback’s small-government philosophy. Kansas needs legislators who understand what quality school districts mean to families and communities and are willing to protect them.

Separation of powers. Not content with just legislative cooperation, Brownback wants the governor to also be able to hand-pick the state’s judiciary. Moderates in the Senate have rejected his proposal to allow the governor to select state appeals judges, subject to Senate confirmation. (Currently the governor chooses from a panel of nominees selected by a nonpartisan commission.) Look for the change to occur quickly if conservatives take over the Senate, followed by a ballot measure asking voters to allow the governor to also select Supreme Court justices.

Taxes and services. Brownback signed a crippling income tax cut into law this year and is likely not finished. His philosophical allies are pushing for a “taxpayer bill of rights” that would cap spending and require voter approval of any tax increases. That would impair the state from adequately funding schools or whittling down its disgracefully long waiting lists for disabled citizens needing services. College tuition would also be expected to increase.

Sales and property taxes. Fewer dollars at the state level would put pressure on city and county governments to maintain their levels of services by increasing taxes on purchases and on property values. Brownback also wants to give school districts permission to seek unlimited tax proposals from voters. All of this creates a wider gap between wealthy and less affluent communities and school districts.

Choice. Brownback has made it clear he will sign any bill limiting a woman’s right to an abortion, whether or not it is constitutional. His intrusions don’t stop there. On another front, the governor intends to turn all of the state’s Medicaid program over to private managed care companies, including long-term services for developmentally disabled citizens.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 8 months ago

Try this link:

This link was posted earlier this morning and then removed by LJWorld. What's so offensive about a link to the Kansas City Star?

Jean Robart 5 years, 8 months ago

Why don't YOU reveal six or eight years of tax returns?

Gary Anderson 5 years, 8 months ago

well...he is not` running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES !!!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 8 months ago

That's exactly what noted pederast Harry Reid is trying to do.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years, 8 months ago

Its too bad Independents and people who choose not to declare affiliation to the Democratic or Republican party don't get the right to vote in the primary election. What kind of crap is that? People who can think for themselves are not allowed to vote?

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 8 months ago

It's called a closed primary. Most states use this system as it better prevents the opposition party from voting for the weakest link to skew the election.

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