Arkansas lawmakers approve plan to reinstate voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have approved a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, sending to the governor's desk a requirement that was struck down as unconstitutional more than two years ago.

The House had already approved a previous version of the legislation. On Monday, it signed off on changes added by the Senate that allow voters without identification to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a sworn statement.

The Arkansas Legislature enacted a similar voter ID law in 2013, but the measure was struck by the state Supreme Court the following year. The bill was aimed at addressing some justices' argument that the restriction needed two-thirds legislative approval.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


RBBryant says...

Very good!

Posted 20 March 2017, 6:27 p.m. Suggest removal

HOTDEMN says...

Why won't this newspaper call this what it is. Voter suppression by the Republican party. The ONLY voter fraud ever committed in this state are backroom deals coming up with schemes to suppress minority voters . It's bad enough that they have gotten away with redrawing district lines to fit racial demographics now they come up with more hoops to jump through to be able to vote. They are scrambling to stack the deck even farther in their favor before the next elections because they know it's shaping up to be a GOP bloodbath.

Posted 20 March 2017, 7:27 p.m. Suggest removal

HM2 says...

HOTDEMN.... Explain to me and the other readers how, if you are who you say you are when you show up to vote, having to show a picture id is suppressing minority votes? If minority voters are too stupid to get a photo id then they're too stupid to vote.

Posted 20 March 2017, 8:32 p.m. Suggest removal

0boxerssuddenlinknet says...

YEAH and very well said HM2

Posted 20 March 2017, 8:34 p.m. Suggest removal

BEARTRAP919 says...

Arkansas will pass this and then they will have to defend it, and many tax dollars will be spend and wasted that way, Voter Suppression is what it is and everyone knows it, Voter Fraud is nonexistent except in Trumpet Man and Rabid Republicans Minds.

Posted 20 March 2017, 9:20 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

I guess if you can't win elections fairly, ya gotta do what Republicans do.

Posted 20 March 2017, 9:33 p.m. Suggest removal

CarpeNoctis says...

The only voter fraud in this state is the voting machines that the SoS bought but has "proprietary" software running the tabulations. It's funny, that when these machines are used, 'pugs seem to win hands down. If The Netherlands are wary of voting machines and voted via pen and paper, then so should we. Get a real tabulation of the votes.

Posted 21 March 2017, 10:11 a.m. Suggest removal

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