Recent Changes to Kansas's Voting Laws
Last year, Kansas passed a law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote. The law went into effect on January 1, 2012. The law requires an unexpired photo ID that includes the voter’s name. Voters 65 and older can show an expired ID. Those exempted from the requirement include voters unable to obtain a voter ID because of a permanent physical disability, on active duty, or because of religious beliefs. Acceptable ID’s (must contain a photo) include:
- Driver’s license issued by any state;
- State ID card;
- Government-issued concealed carry handgun or weapon license;
- Valid U.S. passport;
- Government employee badge or document;
- Student issued by a postsecondary institution in Kansas;
- U.S. military ID;
- Government-issued public assistance ID card.
If a voter does not show proper ID, they must vote by provisional ballot. The ballot will be counted if the voter shows a valid ID to the county election officer before the meeting of the county board of canvassers.
Last year Kansas also passed a law that requires a person to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote for the first time or re-register if they have moved out of state and moved back. It takes effect January 1, 2013.