Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law as unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:45pm EDT

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - An Arkansas judge declared the state's new voter identification law unconstitutional on Thursday since it stipulates that voters must meet an additional requirement before casting a ballot.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox called the law, which calls for voters to show photo identification cards, "void and unenforceable."

Nearly three dozen U.S. states have voter identification measures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws are part of a nationwide effort at the state level aimed at preventing voter fraud. Critics say they hinder low-income and minority voters and are challenging the laws in several state courts.

Arkansas' Republican-led Legislature approved the law last year. Democratic Governor Mike Beebe had vetoed the bill, but the state House and Senate overrode the governor.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said it would work quickly to appeal the ruling on behalf of The Board of Election Commissioners.

The Pulaski County elections board had brought the suit against the state panel.

(Reporting by Suzi Parker; Editing by Ian Simpson and Edwina Gibbs)

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Comments (12)
Whipsplash wrote:
So repulsivecons lose another obvious attempt at keeping folks that would vote for Democrats away from the polls. What a shame right wingers can’t win elections by doing the right thing by Americans rather than gerrymandering and rigging the process.
Vote every republican out of every office every chance you get!

Apr 24, 2014 12:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
euro-yank wrote:
Now the two parties have been represented by their commenters……. time to consider a middle of the road idea.

If the state requires voter id, then the state should issue everyone with a voter id card free of charge.

This should satisfy Republicans who are sure people who are not eligible to vote slip through the cracks and it should satisfy Democrats who say that requiring voters to buy id in order to vote stops poor people from voting.

Apr 25, 2014 1:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:
@ euro-yank, I’m all for state or national issued ID cards free of charge. republicans would never go for it because their agenda is to keep voters away from the polls.

Apr 25, 2014 1:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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