Kansas County Clerk Creates Innovative Program To Mitigate Harm From Voter ID

Douglas County (KS) clerk Jamie Shew has developed a creative new initiative to help his constituents comply with the state’s new voter ID law. As I detail in Salon, Shew and his office have been driving to nursing homes and disability groups in the county where many individuals are unable to get to the DMV and obtain the photo ID needed to vote. Shew snaps a picture with his digital camera, takes down their information, and prints their ID card back in his office, usually getting it to the voter the next day. His program is the first of its kind in Kansas, but “it could soon serve as a model for the rest of the state” and the nation.