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Don't forget your picture ID on Election Day


This election, voters are required to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot

Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s license or government-issued nondriver’s ID card; concealed gun permit; U.S. passport; government-issued employee badge; military ID; college student ID; government-issued public assistance card; and ID card issued by an Indian tribe.

Keep in mind, your ID doesn't have to be issued by Kansas. I'm told my Illinois driver's license will allow me to vote.


GMSkarka 5 years, 7 months ago

If anyone identifying themselves as a "poll worker" or "observer" challenges your right to vote, use your phone to take a picture or video record of them, and ask them for their name.

beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

This is Amerika! Be sure to always carry your papers!

riverdrifter 5 years, 7 months ago

Already voted. Don't care. They didn't even ask me for my photo ID. The gals knew me and didn't even bother!

RoeDapple 5 years, 7 months ago

The Pharmacist has seen my photo ID so many times he has the number memorized. For various reasons I am asked for identification nearly every time I make any sort of financial transaction. The doctor I have been going to for 35 years needs ID every time he checks out another orifice. It's a part of MY life, and if I dare say, part of yours. Get over it, you have no secrets. Whip it out and show the world.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

People like you who simply brush off such intrusions with a flippant attitude would have been model citizens under the Third Reich.

The Gestapo wants to see your papers? No big deal. It's the system. Get over it.

They're forcing Jews to wear Stars of David. No biggie. Every Jew has to wear one.

They're rounding up the Jews. So what. its none of my business. Leave it alone.

They're gassing Jews and murdering other minorities. Get over it people. Nothing we can do about it.

Cowards always have made great fascists. True Americans, on the other hand, have always defended liberty, and with their lives, if necessary.

Liberty275 5 years, 7 months ago

His vote doesn't matter where it counts anyway. He o she might as well stay home.

budwhysir 5 years, 7 months ago

doesnt sound like it but then again, its possible a provisional ballot has been cast that will not be excepted, or an early voter ballot has been cast

RoeDapple 5 years, 7 months ago

Funny, funny Sychophant. Do you use that computer for anything other than visiting the LJW? You have no privacy. Own a credit card or bank check card? Driver's license? S.S. card? Anyone with an ounce of computer skills can learn more about you in 48 hours than you know about yourself. See you at the voting booth. Or maybe not.

Heil Godwin, funny man.

Topple 5 years, 7 months ago

You're really equating not minding showing your ID to vote to shrugging off Jewish people being forced to wear Stars of David during the holocaust?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

Sycho, this left leaning voter's definition of a true American surely does not include pseudo-elitists who like to make fun of small town residents - like you did recently.

Your sanctimonious straw man drama queen response here equals a big fat fail.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

I resent that comment.,. There is nothing pseudo about my elitism.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 7 months ago

Ignore the comments from West Jr. High. They know not what they do.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

Those little old ladies couldn't tell a real ID from a fake if their sweet little live depended on it.

budwhysir 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, cause when I jump in my car and drive to vote, I never carry my picture ID with me. Who does that anymore come on.... \

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

When I walk to my neighborhood school to vote, I don't assume everyone has the money for a car or the physical ability to drive one.

budwhysir 5 years, 7 months ago

I wouldnt assume any of the people driving a car can afford it... but I bet a bunch of them assume it should be free anyway.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure you do bet that, and it doesn't at all make you sound like a condescending jerk to say so.

I have a friend who never got a driver's license. Nothing wrong. They just didn't learn to drive when all the other kids did in high school, and they ended up renting apartments downtown where you don't actually need to drive. So no car = no desire to go learn to drive one. Pretty common in New York and other big cities. A little unusual here, but not abnormal.

There are alternate acceptable IDs, and this person will get to vote, but my point remains that having a car is not a basic right nor is it something that everyone does or needs to do. Or assumes they should be able to do for free. There's an argument for making the bus system free - it is for KU students, but I've yet to hear someone claiming everyone should get a car for free. What a silly strawman.

budwhysir 5 years, 7 months ago

owning a car is not a right??? ahh man now Im going to have to research, from what I see there are plenty that could argue its not only a right, but you need to provide the top of the line... and while you are at it yer going to throw in car insurance too right??? but wait, you side tracked me... did you say that there is an arguement for making the bus free??? wouldnt making the bus system free mean that it would be a service ran from taxation meaning everyone who pays taxes would have to pay for someones free ride? I think at one time the university had its own bus system that students could use as part of the school attendance process, but somehow that has been merged with the city bus system

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

Riding the bus for free = taxpayer supported, yes. Right now it's "free" as in no additional charge for KU students, because a bus pass is rolled into the student fees. This new system is a win for even students that don't ride the bus, because it means easier to find parking spaces and fewer cars on campus. Likewise, if we rolled bus fees into our utility bill (which would mean very few freeloaders, btw) then it would benefit even those of us who don't ride for the same reasons.

Nobody is actually proposing this today as far as I know, but it's at least a serious argument, unlike your very unserious strawman on car ownership.

FlintHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Are reactionaries worried about how people who don't agree with them vote?

FlintHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

I voted using an Advance Ballot. No i.d. required.

Of the many concerns I have about Kobachism is what happens to elderly voters like my mom, who no longer have a valid photo i.d. She doesn't drive and won't go "up north" for a government-issued photo i.d. Actually, my concern isn't for her; we signed her up for an advance paper ballot which she completes at home. She's never voted anything but straight ticket, so you Rs better figure out soon how to stop her from voting.

Just my delusion, but I believe voting in a democratic Republic ought to be easy. And here we are putting up road blocks. Huh.

bd 5 years, 7 months ago

stupidity is a roadblock! don't vote!

Tea anyone???

budwhysir 5 years, 7 months ago

Is green tea reserved for the one percenters?

Theprof 5 years, 7 months ago

What if your college ID is from a private school?

budwhysir 5 years, 7 months ago

Then you owe a larger amount of money than the average public student.....

George Lippencott 5 years, 7 months ago

Useful exercise. Discovered DL was about to expire!!

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

No problem, no I.D., a call to Herr KKKobachs office will clear the path to votership! Only one catch, a promise to vote as a TeaBagger and future membership in the soon to be irrevalent right drifting GOP.

Dawn Shew 5 years, 7 months ago

Just want to point out that your Douglas County Clerk issued free voter ID's at several locations throughout the county, as well as at the main office, for those who lacked the necessary identification:http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/jul...

He was the first election official in the country to do so.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

From today's Nate Silver column:

All of this leaves Mr. Romney drawing to an inside straight. I hope you’ll excuse the cliché, but it’s appropriate here: in poker, making an inside straight requires you to catch one of 4 cards out of 48 remaining in the deck, the chances of which are about 8 percent. Those are now about Mr. Romney’s chances of winning the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.

In the last presidential cycle, Silver correctly predicted 49 of the the 50 states' results.

Buh bye, Mittens. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.

classclown 5 years, 7 months ago


Useful exercise. Discovered DL was about to expire!!

November 6, 2012 at 2:42 p.m


You forgot your birthday was coming up?

Grammaton 5 years, 7 months ago

Here in Floral Park (Long Island) I wasn't asked for my I.D. before voting today. I was a little disappointed, as I wanted to use my newly issued license in an official capacity for the first time while voting.

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