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Activists Mobilize to Demand Availability of Free Voter IDs

By Stuart Elliott
News | January 9, 2012

WICHITA, Kan. - The recent enactment of Kansas' controversial voter ID law has many concerned that some citizens will not have equal access to the polls on election day and for the soon-to-come referendums.

Those concerned with the law fear that citizens who lack access to the photo ID now required to vote will be disenfranchised this election year. Though the new law requires all DMV's to provide free voter ID's, there has been little effort to educate voters on the new requirements and how to access the free ID's. The Kansas Secretary of State's Website contains incomplete instruction on how to access a free photo ID, and many doubt that DMV employees are prepared to answer these questions.

With Cimarron's first test of this bill happening on Tuesday and Wichita's on Feb 28th a coalition of concerned citizens are ready to take action to ensure that nobody is disenfranchised.

On Tuesday January 10th at 10:30 am, concerned citizens and activists representing KanVote, Occupy Wichita, the KS Tequila Party, Moveon.org, and the SCKS Peace and Social Justice Center will meet at 1407 N. Topeka to caravan to the DMV at 1823 W 21St. North.

The caravan is expected to arrive at the DMV at 11:00am. The group will request instruction on how to obtain free voter ID in order to ensure their availability and to educate the public on the process.

Press is invited to join the caravan leaving 1407 N. Topeka, or to meet the activists at the action site.


4 Comments

Sorry, but I cant see what your group hopes to accomplish. You say your caravanning to a DMV office where I guess you will go in, then walk up and request information. Which, as you say, is already available online or over the phone. Some clerk will probably just hand you a pamphlet.

Thing is, you DO have an opportunity to make a good or bad impression on potential voters or recruits. If its like my last visit to the DMV, the office will be packed with people wanting to get their business done and get out. Most will never have seen activists such as yourself before and the impression your group makes will last a long time. So you might keep that in mind in terms of appropriate clothing, signs, and attitudes your people will bring.


Brad--I agree that the actions might be disruptive. However, if people start asking questions and listening to activists, they might learn something about the miserable state of affairs in Kansas and across the country. When I was more active than I am now, I discovered getting people out of their comfort zone is a good way to get them to learn. I also discovered that concept worked when I was teaching. No one ever learns anything by being zoned out.


Stuart, here's something that doesn't take much time, and might help if enough legislators are emailed a copy from their constituents.

I signed a petition to The Kansas State House, The Kansas State Senate, and Governor Sam Brownback which says:

"We the people of the state of Kansas call upon our legislators and the governor to temporarily roll back the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Law until further reviews are completed to assess the effectiveness, functionality, and legality of the proposed election reforms.

Implementation of the law should be put on hiatus until the following tasks are completed:

1. An audit of all Kansas Department of Motor Vehicle offices to assess their readiness to supply a reasonable amount of free voting ID cards to the voters of Kansas.

2. A review by Attorney General Eric Holder to test the constitutionality of SAFE’s stipulation that the State of Kansas has the right to create barriers to voting.

3. A further review by the Federal Department of Justice to determine whether or not such barriers, if constitutional, are reasonable given only one case of voter fraud has reached conviction in the last 16 Kansas elections (with over 10 million votes cast).

4. An audit of the Department of State’s use of the over $60,000 designated to implement the law and provide temporary voting IDs.

5. An inquest by the Governmental Ethics Commission into the nature and involvement of corporate lobbyists and the American Legislative Exchange Council’s monetary or other support for SAFE.

6. A transparent report made available to the public regarding the results of these investigations. The document should be exhaustive and free of any redactions.

We, the people of Kansas, stand resolved to protect our constitutional rights to free and fair elections."

Will you sign this petition? Click here: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=269103&id=34480-2166952-yVAxOsx&t=3


Voter fraud in Kansas must not be very serious, unless the fraudulent voters are overwhelmingly voting Republican. We, so far, haven't been very close to Democratic control of our state or national government. How many fraudulent votes do you suppose it would take, if they were all on the Democrat's side of the ballot?


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