With new voting rights laws coming into effecct, I want to make sure my constituents know how to navigate the new system.
Many of my constituents have thanked me for my vote against SB129 (the voter suppression law) and when a similar law was introduced as HB2019 back in 2007. I agree that these laws are harmful to democracy and our hard-won civil rights. I will continue to oppose any bills that functionally erect any unreasonable barrier for any citizen to vote.
In the meantime, follow the new rules if you want to vote. You will not be able to vote without a valid photo ID. You can get a free voting identification card, but you must be eligible to vote and you must be registered to vote. Expect this process to
If you have a Kansas Driver’s License, you can register to vote online through the Kansas Department of Revenue website.
If you don’t have a KS Driver’s License, you may still register to vote in Sedgwick County by printing, completing, and mailing this form.
After receiving your voter registration card in the mail, you must go to the Department of Motor Vehicles office and fill out an affidavit requesting a temporary voting identification card. BEFORE YOU GO, collect the following documents:
- Proof of your Identity–Make sure to read these standards from the DMV to ensure you bring the necessary documents.
- Proof of Address (any utility bill with your name and current address will do)
- Your voter registration card
- To speed this process up, download, print, and sign the affidavit ahead of time.
Your driver’s license does not need to have your current address on it.