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Demos discuss voter ID law

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bourbon County Democrats met Monday night at the Ellis Fine Arts Center at FSCC to listen to a presentation on the voter ID law. From left, Register of Deeds candidate Ann Clarkson, county clerk hopeful Evelyn Taylor, District 2 commissioner candidate Clyde Killion, incumbent Treasurer Susan Quick and state House District 4 representative candidate Shirley Palmer.(Ruth Campbell/Tribune)
Bringing a photo ID to the polling place is now the law in Kansas. In view of that, the Bourbon County Democratic Party invited Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle to answer questions.

The general election is Nov. 6 and the last day to register is Oct. 16. In-person advance voting starts Oct. 17 and residents can start receiving advance ballots by mail on that day as well.

Speaking at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College, Pyle said he didn't have "too many problems" with the new voter ID law in the Aug. 7 primary. He had four people vote with a provisional ballot because they didn't have identification, but two brought them in before the votes were canvassed.

ID can include a driver's license from any state, or IDs from any accredited in-state college or university, military, government entity and any Native American tribe. For those over 65, ID can be an expired driver's license. ID from public high schools is allowed, but there was no provision made for private schools, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office said.

V. Kay Curtis, director of public affairs and legal publications, said her office will be promulgating regulations to help clarify things that might be subject to interpretation. "It's an issue that I'm sure will be clarified," Curtis said.

Photo ID is used to match names and faces with people at the polls. Pyle said voters' names and addresses are also confirmed verbally.

For advance ballots by mail, applicants must have a Kansas driver's license or a non-driver's photo ID. If you are using another form of ID or military ID, photos are needed with those, Pyle said. He added a Kansas driver's license and non-driver ID can be verified by number through the Kansas Department of Revenue.

"If you know someone with health or disability issue, they can apply for permanent advance status. We'll automatically send them a ballot. To me, (this means) folks who have health issues don't have to worry about getting to the polling place," Pyle said.

He notes that people assume everyone has photo ID, but that's not necessarily the case. However, Pyle said there are "some avenues to get them taken care of."

Residents can sign an affidavit saying they need a non-driver's license ID to get a free photo ID. Pyle said they can also fill out a form to get an ID and the clerk's office will take a photo, as has happened in Bourbon County. The $25 fee can also be waived, he said.

One place that offers access to forms is www.voteks.org, which Pyle said also offers links for voter registration, advance voting applications and free certified copies of birth certificates.

Pyle said Jan. 1, the proof of citizenship law takes affect, meaning that if you're registering to vote for the first time, you'll need a birth certificate.

Shirley Palmer, chairwoman of the Bourbon County Democratic Party, said she doesn't want people to get frustrated and decide not to vote.

"We don't want to lose an election because people decided not to vote because of the complications," Palmer said.

Palmer said she invited Pyle, a Democrat, to speak to the organization because Bourbon County Clerk Joanne Long has resigned and an interim has not yet been chosen. The Bourbon County Republican Central Committee has scheduled that vote for tonight.

Expressing concern about voter turnout among Democrats, Palmer noted party members are "incredibly outnumbered" in this area.

Local Democratic candidates were introduced -- Evelyn Taylor for county clerk, who will face Republican Kendell Dawn Mason; Susan Quick, incumbent county treasurer, who will square off against Republican Rhonda Dunn; Clyde Killion, Democratic candidate for District 2 county commissioner, who will go against Republican Barb Albright; and Bob Jackson who is running for sheriff against incumbent Republican Ron Gray.

Palmer is running against Republican Marty Read for the District 4 state House seat. Palmer held the job previously before being defeated by Caryn Tyson, R-Parker.

Tyson will face Democrat Denise Cassells of Mound City on Nov. 6 for the District 12 Senate seat, created by redistricting.

In other business:

* A candidate forum is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the forum starts at 6 p.m.

Bunker Hill Community Center in Mound City will host a forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

And a candidate forum, sponsored by the Anderson County Farm Bureau, Garnett Rotary and Garnett Business and Professional Women, is planned in Garnett for 7 p.m. today at Anderson County High School Auditorium.

* The party has $2,712.08 in its account. Local candidates will get $100 each, but Killion gave his share to Palmer, who will receive $750 toward her campaign. Democrat Bob Grant who is facing Republican Jeff Locke for the District 2 state House seat will receive $300; and Cassells will receive $500, it was decided.

* A Democratic watch party will be held at Fort Scott High School Nov. 6. Lisa Ward and Bert Lewis have offered their rooms, for a fee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The party will provide water and soda, but everyone should bring finger food. Plates and napkins will also be provided.

* It was suggested that the party set up booths at Walmart, Woods Supermarket and Gene's Heartland Foods to register people to vote, but it has to be cleared with those businesses.

* Evelyn and Ken Taylor offered their building at 120 S. Main, rent free, so the party can post signs in the window.

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Lisa Ward & Bert Lewis offered their rooms "for a fee?" Are they allowed to rent out, and profit from, classrooms that belong to the school district/USD234 patrons?

-- Posted by Fort Scott Resident on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 1:44 PM

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