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New ID law has little effect on provisional ballots

August 14, 2012

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Nearly exactly the same number of voters were given provisional ballots in this year’s Aug. 7 primaries as last year’s. About 27 percent of the provisional ballots were cast because of Kansas’ voter identification law, new this year.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said that voters cast 171 provisional ballots, compared with 172 last year. Forty-six of the provisional ballots this year were given to voters who weren’t able to show suitable ID at the polls. The most common reason, other than ID, that voters get provisional ballots is because they show up to the wrong polling location.

Voters have until 9 a.m. Thursday to send proof of identification to the county clerk’s office to have their vote count in the canvass. Twenty-eight of the 46 have done this as of about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Shew said, leaving 18 that the office are still trying to reach. A few people they have contacted indicated that they don’t intend to turn in proof of ID as a “protest of the law,” Shew said.

The 18 left can scan their IDs and email an image to elections@douglas-county.com, fax it to 832-5192 or bring it by the County Courthouse at 1100 Mass.

Shew said that the unofficial total voter turnout last Tuesday was 10,086, or about 13.5 percent of the total number of registered voters as of June. About 19.2 percent of registered Democrats voted and about 23.1 percent of Republicans.

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Voter turn out

This chart shows the portion of ballots cast in the Aug. 7 primary in comparison to the total number of registered voters in Douglas County. The total ballot count — 10,257 — includes provisional ballots, all of which may not be counted in the final canvass on Thursday.

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Provisional ballots in Douglas County primary

In the Aug. 7 primary, 171 people were given provisional ballots. Forty-eight were given due to the new Kansas voter identification law. About 10,086 people voted (not counting provisional ballots).

Comments

justfornow 1 year, 8 months ago

I for one want zero voter fraud, another safeguard is a good thing. I suspect any person or group that opposes the law of selfish motives and it appears to me that mostly Democrats oppose.

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Mixolydian 1 year, 8 months ago

Two political hot potatos that I see as absolutely common sense ideas are Voter ID and a ban on assault rifles. When I see anyone who opposes either I see a blind idealogue.

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justfornow 1 year, 8 months ago

How was voter fraud identified when an ID has never been required until now?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

http://votingrights.news21.com/article/election-fraud/

Comprehensive Database of U.S. Voter Fraud Uncovers No Evidence That Photo ID Is Needed

"A News21 analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. In an exhaustive public records search, News21 reporters sent thousands of requests to elections officers in all 50 states, asking for every case of fraudulent activity including registration fraud, absentee ballot fraud, vote buying, false election counts, campaign fraud, casting an ineligible vote, voting twice, voter impersonation fraud and intimidation.

Analysis of the resulting comprehensive News21 election fraud database turned up 10 cases of voter impersonation. With 146 million registered voters in the United States during that time, those 10 cases represent one out of about every 15 million prospective voters."

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consumer1 1 year, 8 months ago

Wow! you mean the world is not going to end after all?? The sky isn't falling?? The communits are not taking over?? Whew! cause I was sure after reading all the left wing blogs the world was coming to an end. After all, asking folks to be responsible for themselves. Outlandish!!

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