By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — While arguments against Kansas’ new voter ID law have gained play in local and state media, the opinion of the average Kansas voter isn’t nearly as pessimistic as the reports make it sound.
This General Election marked the first real test of the state’s new voter ID law. When posed with the issue, Kansas Watchdog readers voiced strong support, which was fueled by a desire for greater security at the polls.
“I think everyone should have to prove who they are to vote. Anyone can get a valid ID of some sort from DVM, College and school ID’s. Military and other job related ID’s,” said Genile Allton Rawson. “They are easy to get and you should have to prove who you are to vote just like you would to take our (sic) a loan at the bank.
Dissent on the matter centered mostly on a concern about disenfranchising voters unable to acquire a photo ID.
“I think it is the dumbest thing that the Republicans pushed through. There was a long line for no good reason,” said Carol Cole Trapp. “Please do not come back to me about voter fraud. There were only 3 alleged cases in Kansas and they were not even proven to be fraud.”
But ultimately, the overriding tone was one of appreciation for the measure, with many offering viewpoints similar to Philip Muth.
“I have to show a picture ID to purchase a can of spray paint to repaint my charcoal grill,” said Muth. “I think voting is much more important that my grill. So, no. I don’t have a problem showing my ID to vote.”