TOPEKA | A Kansas Senate committee is considering an alternative to Secretary of State Kris Kobach's bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
The Ethics and Elections Committee had a hearing Friday on legislation drafted by Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the House Elections Committee. She presented it to senators first after the GOP-controlled House approved Kobach's bill.
Mah contends her plan is a common sense approach to voter identification.
Kobach's bill would require photo ID at the polls, while Mah would require an ID, but not with a photo.
The secretary of state also wants to require people registering for the first time in Kansas to prove they're citizens. Mah's version is less strict.
Kobach aides said Mah's bill is not comprehensive enough.