What does the average person think about Kansas voting registration?

What does the average person think about Kansas voting registration?
Though the debate over Kansas' registration laws has captured headlines across the country, not everyone is aware of what it takes to register to vote. Ashley Venable, an 18-year-old McPherson native, said Friday she wasn't sure what she needed in order to complete a voter registration. Others, like Linda Allen of Galva, have been voting in Kansas so long they haven't had to deal with proof-of-citizenship requirements recently.
“All I had to do was show my driver's license when I registered and when I go to vote,” Allen said.
Keith Niemeyer, who recently moved to McPherson, said though he's heard about Kansas' voter registration laws, it hasn't been much.
“I don't follow it enough to feel like I have an educated opinion about it,” he said.
For people like Mandy Potter, a 9-year McPherson resident, it's a distant issue. She said when she moved from Oklahoma, she assumed she would need certain documents to prove citizenship, but hasn't thought much of it since.
“I've probably never thought about it until you asked just now what the requirements are,” she said.
In order to vote in a Kansas election, a person must provide documentation showing he or she is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Kansas. This requirement is an effort to reduce voter fraud.
Proof of citizenship can be established with a birth certificate or U.S. passport, among other documents. Right now, about 32,000 people who registered to vote in Kansas have not yet provided papers documenting their U.S. citizenship.
Critics of the law say it suppresses voter turnout for people who should be able to vote but aren't able to gather the required documents.
“On the one side, it makes sense. If you're not a citizen, you shouldn't be able to vote,” Niemeyer said. “But at the same time, you might get some passionate people who should be able to vote, but can't.”
Allen said she doesn't think that's a significant issue, as many documents needed to register to vote are also needed to obtain a driver's license. She said if people are eligible to vote, it shouldn't be too hard to prove it.
“I'm all for it. I'm not sure why anyone is against it,” she said. “It'd be a shame if people want to vote and can't, but if you can get a license, you should be able to find the documents to prove your citizenship.”
County residents said more education could help alleviate some of the problem. Since many of them were unaware of the requirements, they suggested a stronger effort to inform people of the kinds of documents they need to register.
'It would be nice to somehow help those who are stuck,” said Jason Enns of McPherson. “Maybe educate people on what the options are. If you can get more voters to prove their citizenship, it could really help the state and country.”
Potter said she supports an education campaign, rather than relaxing the requirements for people to register.
“I think it's good that if you don't have the proper documentations, you can't vote. I agree with that,” she said.
Though Venable sees the benefits, she said she understands how difficult it can be for people who don't have the appropriate documents.
“I can see the benefit of having to prove your citizenship. You don't want non-Kansas people voting in Kansas elections,” she said. “But people who are from the state but don't have those documents, it can be hard.”