Groups Protest Voter ID Laws

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Area groups are speaking out against the "Safe Act," which changed Kansas voting law.

Members of the NAACP and League of Women Voters were among groups participating in a rally to repeal the "Safe Act" at the Statehouse Wednesday. They say the bill is not safe and that it makes voting confusing and complicated.

Ben Scott says the new law may hurt people when they try to vote.

"People are just not educated to the point that they know what is going on and our great fear is when many of these people go to vote they aren't going to have proper identification and because of that they are not going to be able to vote," he said.

The Safe Act requires voters to produce photo identification at the polls and provide certain information when applying for a mail-in ballot. A provision to provide evidence of United States citizenship when registering to vote take effect Jan. 1, 2013, although lawmakers are debating a request from Secretary of State Kris Kobach to move up the date before this year's fall elections.


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