Archive for Monday, July 30, 2012

Douglas County Clerk’s office makes free photo IDs available

July 30, 2012

The Douglas County Clerk’s office will launch a new photo ID card to be made available to any registered voter in the county lacking a valid ID for voting in Douglas County. The card will be available starting Monday, July 30 in the clerk’s office.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said, “We listened to citizen ideas, and worked with local organizations to come up with a plan to ensure an eligible voter is able to obtain a free ID.”

The new Douglas County Voter ID will enhance the current Kansas free ID available through the DMV by giving citizens another point of access with additional hours and days of operation, including an opportunity for mobile operations.

The Douglas County Voter ID will be available to any registered voter in the county who does not currently possess a valid ID. Valid photo ID’s for voting include driver’s license from Kansas or any other state or territory in the U.S., a non-driver’s license from Kansas or any other state or territory in U.S., concealed carry handgun license from Kansas or any other state or territory in U.S., U.S. passport, employee badge or identification issued by municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency, military identification, student identification issued by accredited postsecondary school in Kansas, public assistance card, or tribal identification.

To qualify for a free Douglas County Voter ID, a citizen needs to be a registered voter, must not already have a valid photo id, and must provide a residency document prescribed under federal law. These documents include a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, payroll check, or other government document that shows name and address.

The Douglas County Voter ID will be available at the county clerk’s office in the Douglas County Courthouse. The office will also be able to serve citizens through a mobile process, which will allow staff to go to organizations, nursing homes, group living environments, and other places where transportation is a concern.

“We worked with groups like Independence, Inc. and learned having a mobile option was critical to meet the needs of specific populations in our community,” said Shew.

The Clerk’s office worked to develop an ID, which was unique and had multiple layers of security features. “

It was extremely important to me that our system be secure and professional,” Shew said. Additionally, the Clerk’s office intends to use the new ID system to produce election board worker photo ID’s to enhance the level of security at the polling place.

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