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House panel takes up voter-ID bill

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 27, 2013 at 7:16 a.m.

— A House panel is taking up legislation that would require Arkansas voters to show photo identification at the polls before they could cast a ballot.

The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday was expected to consider the voter ID bill proposed by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest. The Senate approved the measure last week.

King’s proposal would only take effect when there’s funding for the state to provide IDs free of charge to voters who don’t have driver’s licenses. It would also exempt voters who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Arkansas law currently requires poll workers to ask for identification, but voters are not required to show it.


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Jackabbott says... February 27, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

You have to have an ID for most things today, the same should apply for voting.

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SUPERDUTY says... February 27, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

That last sentence really bothers me. And hey, Jackabbott, I agree!!!!!

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Nate says... February 27, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.

Senator King, isn't this just another solution looking for a PROBLEM. If our legislature only knew what most Arkansas voting are thinking about why they voted for these people, it's the ECONOMY STUPID! Instead during the last 7-weeks you have spent your time and our money re-fighting abortion law, healthcare law, gun law and now voter law and the closest you've gotten to the economy and jobs is a proposal to cut the budget by $150,000,000.00 and I guess he thinks that will reduce the national debt that wasn't a problem until 2009!

It is so easy for those of us who driver licenses to say, "having a pictured ID shouldn't be a problem for anyone to present" but their are probably as many voters who do not and for the State to invest in a system to provide ID's for everyone I guess will not cost $150m! Why don't we spend half as much time addressing real issues and the peoples' interests rather than your party's badly misguided efforts.

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RBBrittain says... February 27, 2013 at 2:25 p.m.

Why are we marching towards copying Europe? "Your papers, please" should NEVER become part of the American vocabulary; once it does, our liberty is DEAD AND GONE. ID requirements should be held to an absolute minimum; voting goes BEYOND that.

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citPh says... February 27, 2013 at 8:40 p.m.

"Liberty" became a dead and dying concept the moment a bunch of morons voted the chief idiOt into office. As for ID requirements... they wouldn't really be necessary if you assume that everyone is an honest, law-abiding citizen with just a hint of moral fiber. For anyone with a mildly functioning brain, one look at your president should scream the need for voter ID.
"Why are we marching towards copying Europe?" Because that's the socialist way. Start turning the ship around by repealing socialist healthcare, calling for personal and financial accountability and responsibility, and stop the systematic disarming of American citizens and arming of the criminals. Oh, wait. The only criminal is the one that disagrees with any point of the left's agenda of "let everybody just do what they want to know, vote as many times as they want (and don't identify anyone, because then there's no proof or accountability), kill as many babies as they want, definitely not support our troops or have any kind of national pride because that might offend a fellow democRAT, but you better not have any guns! And they call the conservatives the hypocrites. What a joke.

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