-Establishes a time frame for a senator’s term in office and means of appointment in the case of a vacancy (Sec. 2).
-Specifies revised voter identification requirements when a registered voter applies for an advanced voters ballot (Sec. 3).
-Requires registered voters who request an advance voting ballot in person to provide valid identification, including, but not limited to the following (Sec. 3):
-Valid driver’s license number; -Non-driver’s identification number; or -A photocopy of any other identification provided by the state.
-Prohibits county election officers from providing an advance voting ballot to be transmitted to a voter by mail unless the following requirements are met (Sec. 3):
-The county official has verified that the signature of the requestor matches the signature on file at the county registration records; and -The person has submitted a valid identification form with their request.
-Authorizes the secretary of state to adopt any rules or regulations required to implement the provisions of this legislation (Sec. 3).
Many of my constituents and citizens from around Kansas have opposed this bill before and since its passage. KanVote in particular has expressed a wealth of perspectives as to why this law is problematic. Over 3400 signatures have been collected online to prevent the implementation of the second stage of Kansas’s SAFE Act: requiring proof of citizenship just to register to vote.
I voted against this law because it would disproportionately affect minorities, first-time voters, the elderly, rural voters, women, college students, and more. I also voted against this bill because it serves as an unfunded mandate to be fulfilled by local Department of Motor Vehicle Offices. Current overrun costs for implementation are running close to 40 Million Dollars ($40,000,000.00)
Given my stance on these issues, anti-big government and pro-democracy, I voted with my head and my heart, entering a Nay.