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Senate panel advances voter-ID bill

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 14, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

— A Senate panel has advanced legislation requiring Arkansas voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a voter ID bill proposed by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest.

The proposal would allow voters to cast a provisional ballot if they don’t have an ID. For their votes to be counted, they must show an ID to county election officials by the following Monday or sign an affidavit stating they can’t show an ID because they’re indigent or for religious reasons.

State law already requires poll workers to ask voters for identification. Voters can still cast a ballot without showing ID.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 14, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

Good. Republican or Democrat should support this Bill.

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Thelby says... February 14, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

About time. This will cut down on Voter Fraud. Great Work!

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LevyRat says... February 14, 2013 at 8:55 p.m.

Pulaski County has been asking for IDs for several years, I don't see what the big deal is????

If you don't have a photo ID, you shouldn't be allowed to vote!!!

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JakeTidmore says... February 14, 2013 at 9:45 p.m.

I think it's a legitimate question to ask why the outcry for legislation that has been shown unnecessary. For folks who claim to be against too much government and for more freedom, this is the opposite of such stands.

How does a Republican come up with a bill where there's no evidence it is needed? None, nada, zip, and zilch. Whereas voter suppression is 1000 times more prevalent.

It's a Republican specialty. Provide more government interference into the rights and privileges of US citizens -- not for the sake of the country, but for the sake of their party.

Republicans: born paranoid, living paranoid, dying paranoid.

Anyone supporting this garbage better not ever open there mouth again to sing "land of the free. home of the brave" 'cause you'll be lying. Nothing that stands for freedom or bravery in this action.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 14, 2013 at 10:32 p.m.

Teabaggers: solving problems that DON"T exist......
Or only exist in the minds of other teabaggers

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