January 25, 2012

Kobach: Voter ID law working; education campaign to start in Wichita

Secretary of State Kris Kobach TOPEKA — Secretary of State Kris Kobach said this morning that the first test of the state's new voter ID law in Cimarron didn't dampen turnout and that only one person didn't have an ID at the polls – and that person left her ID at home on purpose in a show of opposition to the law.

Kobach told the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections that the Cimarron case provides a bit of evidence that the law works.

But it faces a much bigger test in Wichita on Feb. 28 when city voters decide whether to allow the city to use $2 million in subsidies for the planned Ambassador Hotel, a 117-room, $22.5 million hotel proposed for the former Union National Bank building at Douglas and Broadway.

Kobach said his office plans to start running public service announcements on TV and radio to educate voters about the law starting Feb. 1. Then it will buy TV, radio and print ads to further get the word out about the law in the eight days leading up to the Feb. 28 vote. Kobach said the education campaign in Wichita — and future voter education this spring and leading up to the primary and general election — is funded by $300,000 the state received from the Help America Vote Act.

Here's some background from a previous story in The Eagle:

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