(WICHITA, Kan.) — No valid ID? No vote as of January this year. With the primary deadline so close, staff at some nursing homes was concerned the voter ID law would deprive their elderly residents from registering to vote in the primaries.
“I know that it's a law in Kansas to have a valid Kansas ID even if you don't have a valid driver's license, but the reality is many people in hospitals, or in this case they haven't driven for years because they're in a retirement community,” said Kansas Masonic Home marketing director Jill Laffoon.
Some nursing homes across Kansas have had difficulty getting the registration paperwork needed for their residents to vote, but at the Kansas Masonic Home they've found some leniency in the law.
“Over 95% of our residents that vote are going to be voting advanced because most of them don't drive,” said Laffoon.