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Arkansas Senate approves voter-ID legislation

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 20, 2013 at 7:28 a.m. Updated February 20, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.

— The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The Senate on Wednesday approved the voter ID legislation on a 23-12 vote. The measure now heads to the House.

Poll workers are currently required to ask for identification, but voters don't have to show it in order to cast a ballot.

The proposal from Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest wouldn't take effect until there's funding in place for the state to provide IDs free of charge to voters who don't drivers licenses. It also would exempt voters who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Opponents have questioned the cost to the state of the requirement and whether it's aimed at disenfranchising voters.

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Walter says... February 20, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

It's about time...

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rainbowharold55 says... February 20, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

How long before the clown car takes the Ledge out of Little Rock?

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rcstot says... February 20, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.

It would be nice if the Legislature concentrated on fixing real problems instead of wasting time on non-existent problems. The only motivation, since voter fraud is rare to non-existent, is to disenfranchise a significant number of voters.

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picksooie says... February 20, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.

Wow, there's something to hang your hat on Sen. Bryan King. Time and money down the drain for Arkansas. More energy should be spent on voter turnout rather than creating another hoop for citizens to jump through. Incredible.

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nwar says... February 20, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

I think you missed my point termlimits. It sounds like you're the meth lab owner. If you are a law abiding citizen, why do you need to out-gun the local sheriff? And if you do need to do that, then you are not a law abiding citizen, are you?

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Packman says... February 20, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.

Best piece of common sense legislation to be passed all year. The only people disenfrachished will be those too stupid or too illegal to get an ID.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 21, 2013 at 12:41 a.m.

inquire........ their pea sized brains don't have room for logic. Packman... will you tell us in 2012 how many voter impersonations we had in Arkansas? I'll bet you can't even though you want us to believe you really know what is going on with voter fraud.

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