IDville Blog | Douglas County becomes Kansas' first to distribute voter ID cards

Douglas County becomes Kansas' first to distribute voter ID cards

by Admin 1. August 2012 11:32

An Eastern Kansas county is the state's first to distribute photo ID cards to voters, according to a published report.

Douglas County also becomes the state's only county to distribute the forms of identification for voting purposes, The Kansas Reporter states. The move comes after 2011 legislation permitted the state to distribute identification cards to people who are eligible to cast ballots but are not in possession of a driver's license or another form of photo ID.

The majority of the identification cards will be manufactured by the Kansas Department of Revenue. Each card costs $8, the funding of which is covered by the fees on drivers' licenses.

The first card was handed out earlier this week to an older man who went unidentified yet who does not have a photo ID that is recognized by the state of Kansas. He does not drive thus is not able to get to the Division of Motor Vehicles, which is in Lawrence, the seat of Douglas County.

The state of Kansas closed its motor vehicle licensing and titling operations for one week this past May as part of the effort to change to a computer network that ran $40 million.

The postponement - as well as some technical problems - and additional training mandated for the service's employees has caused long lines and short tempers during a three-month span when people were attempting to execute transactions to renew licenses and their titles at the busiest motor vehicle office in the state of Kansas.

"We don't intend to replace anything the state is doing," Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew in Lawrence told the news source. "But we did want to make the IDs available to more people at times and on days when the DMV wasn’t opened."

The office also has laid plans to send a mobile van to nursing homes for the purpose of distributing the ID cards. The old age homes were determined to host a larger amount of residents who do not hold ID cards, per the mandate of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act of 2011.

The valid ID card first was distributed this past Monday, according to the Baldwin City Signal.

Qualification for the ID card includes citizens being a registered voter, not already the owner of a valid photo ID and being able to provide a document that demonstrates residency according to regulations denoted by federal law.

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