Portrait Not Enough To Satisfy Kansas Voter ID Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, August 3, 2012

His portrait hangs in the courthouse where he went to cast an advance ballot, but a former Kansas judge says that wasn't enough satisfy the state's new voter photo identification law.

Retired Reno County District Judge Richard Rome was denied a primary election ballot last week because he didn't have photo identification with him.

The 77-year-old former judge says he was stunned -- especially because the three people at the polling table knew him.

Rome says he recently renewed his driver's license and hadn't received a new, permanent license with a photo. But he had the old one in his car, and used it to get a ballot.

Poll workers told the newspaper they're requiring photo ID from everyone, including the county's deputy elections officer.


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