By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
Olathe — When Kansas voters went to the polls Tuesday, they were tasked with remembering the candidates and the issues — and their photo ID.
While the Secure and Fair Elections Act went into effect at the beginning of the year, Tuesday’s General Election posed the first real test of the state’s new law requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID before casting their ballot. While the issue has sparked debate and controversy in states across the nation, it barely registered as a blip on the radar for a number of voters in the Kansas City metro area.
“I think it’s probably a good thing, I just think that there’s no reason not to do it,” said Andrea Lewis of Olathe. “Anytime I leave the house, I have my driver’s license with me, and I think most people do.”
Lenelle Cook of Lenexa and Debbie Smith of Olathe couldn’t think of anyone who was kept away from the polls because they didn’t have a photo ID. And to Kimberly Woodrum, also of Lenexa, “It’s no big deal.”
By and large, voters interviewed by Kansas Watchdog showed strong support for the state’s fledgling voter ID law, and said it bolstered their confidence in the system.
“I think it’s great. I think it’s something we should have had a long time ago,” said Randy Rozelle of Lenexa. “I don’t think anybody has a problem with showing their ID, that I’ve talked to. If you’re going to need an ID to do all kinds of things, voting is probably the biggest thing I can think of.”
The system has also garnered support from within, too. Around noon Tuesday, a poll worker, who declined to be identified, said every voter who came into the polling place at the Kansas Army National Guard Armory in Lenexa had a valid photo ID.