The implementation of a new voter ID law did not significantly affect balloting in McPherson County, the McPherson County Clerk said Thursday.
The implementation of a new voter ID law did not significantly affect balloting in McPherson County, the McPherson County Clerk said Thursday. The state law that requires voters to present photo ID at the polls had drawn criticism from some who argued it would be a roadblock for some voters. The law, which was pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, had its first test in a general election Nov. 6. McPherson County Clerk Cathy Schmidt said 16 of 12,407 ballots cast in McPherson County Nov. 6 were provisional ballots due to the voters not having IDs. The voters could have presented IDs to the clerk before the canvas Thursday to validate their ballots, but Schmidt said none did and those ballots were disqualified. In McPherson County 497 provisional ballots were cast of which 221 were accepted by the canvas board Thursday. None of the winners of the races were changed as a result of votes being added to the final certified results. Most of the ballots that were accepted were due to voters moving within the county and failing to reregister. The majority of those ballots that were not accepted — 241 ballots — included ballots cast by voters who were not registered to vote. Of the rest of the ballots, a handful of people were registered after the voter registration deadline, had moved out of county or did not reregister after a name change. Two people voted in advance and at a polling place. Schmidt said she thought the election went smoothly and the county had a good voter turn out rate — 77.7 percent, which was almost exactly the same as the voter turn out rate in the last general election.