Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law

by Rebecca Shabad - The Hill
April 25, 2014

An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s strict photo ID law on Thursday, saying it illegally adds a requirement voters must fulfill before going to the polls.

Judge Tim Fox of the Pulaski County circuit court said the state’s law is unconstitutional.

Fox was asked to examine the law’s requirements because of concerns over how it would apply to voters who submit absentee ballots. But after reviewing the entire law, he said it was null and void.

The law was enacted last year after GOP lawmakers in the state overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.
The judge’s decision will likely be appealed. A separate lawsuit challenging the law was filed last week.

Early voting, meanwhile, opens in 10 days for the state’s primary on May 20.

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