(WICHITA, Kan.) — So far, so good in the first statewide test of the Kansas voter I.D. law. Sedgwick County elections officials report no major problems and say no voters have been turned away.
"Right now, it's going very smoothly," said Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman. She said some voters have been calling her office just to verify the I.D. they have is acceptable.
The controversial S.A.F.E. Act was put in place to crackdown on voter fraud and ensure fairer elections. But critics have said the law is itself is “unfair” and intended to suppress minority voters.A polling location near 21st& Grove had a large number of African-American voters during the lunch hours.
"I don't have any problem with it," said Kathy Littlejohn. She said showing a photo I.D. is just an accepted fact of life. Her feelings were shared by the vast majority of voters at the polling location.