One county trying to remove barriers to voting

One Kansas county is trying to take some of the hassle out of getting a voter ID. Imagine that. The Douglas County Clerk’s Office began this week issuing free voter-ID cards to registered voters, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The local system allows residents to avoid the long lines at the Division of Motor Vehicles. Residents also don’t have to produce a birth certificate (which many older citizens don’t have). Instead, the Clerk’s Office will accept a utility bill, bank statement, government check or other government documents (the same documents used to prove residency when registering to vote). The office also plans to send its employees to nursing homes and other sites to help people obtain IDs.