“Voter ID Law” Hits Kansas Judge in the Gut

August 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM 1 comment

When the Republican “voter ID” voter suppression laws start hitting the middle class, Democrats might — might — start fighting back.  (They have been soooo asleep at the wheel.):

(Image via HutchNews.com)

Former Reno (Kansas) Judge Gets Taste of ID Law
Never mind that a 14-inch-by-18-inch portrait of former Reno County District Court Judge Richard Rome hangs on the third floor of the courthouse.

When Rome, 77, decided last week to cast an advance ballot in the courthouse basement while at the courthouse to sign journal entries, he was denied a ballot because he did not have photo identification.

He knew the three people at the polling table, he said, and they knew him.

“It just stunned me,” he said.

His driver’s license was in the glove compartment of his car. Rome recently renewed his driver’s license and was given a piece of paper for the interim, and also was advised he could throw the old license away. The old license is still current, he said, so he put it and the paper in the glove compartment.

My husband renewed his license in April.  The DMV gave him a “piece of paper for the interim” too but took his old, photo ID license away. What if he’d wanted to vote between then and when his new photo ID arrived?

Rome retrieved the license and cast the Democratic primary ballot.

Between the ballot denial and the ballot casting, though, the former judge muttered what he thought about Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the new voter photo ID law.

“I finally calmed down,” he said, but the experience made an impression.

He said he had read news stories about alleged voter fraud and voter ID and had not thought much about it. The law is intended to keep the poor and the old and minorities from voting, in Rome’s opinion.


Hey folks. It’s time to start thinking “much about it.”  Republicans are staging a slow motion coup.


Entry filed under: 2012 Election, Democrats, Including Blue Dogs & "Liberals", Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates", Voting Issues.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. JC for pennies  |  August 6, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Fortunately, in California, that kind of fascist behavior by the state has yet to arrive. As California goes, so goes the nation, eventually? Let’s hope that process has not been reversed!

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