The Republican Party of Arkansas is launching an effort to educate Arkansans about a new law that will require voters to show identification at the polls.
Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed legislation passed this session that required a photo identification be shown when voting, but lawmakers overrode the veto last week.
The Republican Party said at a news conference that Operation Vote Arkansas would include efforts to educate voters on the new requirements, provide transportation for those needing help obtaining identification and revamp the party's website with additional voting information.
Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb said he would also travel the state to spread word of the new law and raise awareness.
Speaking beside the sponsor of Senate Bill 2, state Sen. Jeremy King, and Secretary of State Mark Martin, Webb reiterated the party's support for the law, noting identification is necessary to board a plane, open a post office box or enter a nightclub.
"It is not a radical idea to apply this to voting," he said. "... What is radical is to insist that are elections are perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect election."
The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, if there is an estimated $300,000 in funding to pay for free IDs for Arkansans who don't have them. Martin said he is "pretty sure" the funding will be available then.
Webb said the education initiative is not premature despite the question on funding and the possibility the law will be challenged in court.
"Education is never premature," he said. "It's important so the voting public is aware that we're willing to assist. ... It's never to early to educate the public."