Kobach – Highlights of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act

Highlights of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act
A. The Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act will require Kansas voters:
1) To produce a government-issued photo I.D. confirming their identity.
a) It must contain the name and photograph and an expiration date which has not occurred.
b) Eight forms of identification are valid for this purpose, including driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card.
c) Those who cannot afford to pay for a Kansas non-driver’s identification card may receive one
at no cost under this law.
d) Voters who are 65 years of age or older may present photo identification that has expired.
2) To provide one of the following when applying for a mail-in ballot:
a) The voter’s Kansas driver’s license number; or
b) The voter’s non-driver’s identification card number; or
c) A photocopy of a current photographic identification document (eight forms are valid).
No advance voting ballot may be mailed unless the voter’s signature on the absentee ballot
request matches that on file in the county voter registration records.

3) To provide evidence of United States citizenship when applying to register to vote.
a) Six forms of evidence are valid for this purpose, including driver’s license or non-driver’s
identification card, birth certificate, or passport.
b) Those who cannot afford to pay for a Kansas birth certificate may receive one at no cost.
c) People who are registered to vote when the bill becomes law will not have to resubmit
evidence of citizenship.
B. The Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act strengthens the penalties for:
1) Voting without being qualified
2) Voting more than once at the same election
3) Election tampering
4) False impersonation of a voter
5) Illegal handling of advance voting ballots.
C. The Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act vests independent authority to prosecute violations of
Kansas election laws in:
1) The District Attorney or county attorney of the county where such violations occurred; or
2) The Kansas Attorney General; or
3) The Kansas Secretary of State.
V. KAY CURTIS
Public Affairs Director
Kansas Secretary of State
785-296-4580 P | 785-296-8577 F | www.sos.ks.gov
media@sos.ks.gov

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