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The Arkansas House has passed a bill that would require state voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot.

The measure passed on a 51-44 vote Wednesday. The bill still has to go before the Senate for final passage. The upper chamber will have to concur on an amendment for the legislation to go to Gov. Mike Beebe.

Opponents had argued that the state's constitution requires a two-thirds supermajority on the measure. But earlier Wednesday, the House Rules Committee voted to recommend to the speaker that voter ID bill was properly referred to the House from the Senate on a 23-12 vote.

The Senate vote was one vote short of a two-thirds majority. Opponents of the measure had argued that the bill changes constitutionally-established voter registration requirements.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more details.


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  • JakeTidmore
    March 13, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

    Voter. Suppression.

    There was no evidence of need for this law. And in all the debate we've had here about it, nary a soul supporting it has shown any factual basis for its need.

    Sad day for voter rights in this state.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    March 13, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.


  • T6
    March 13, 2013 at 9:35 p.m.

    What are you Democrats afraid of?
    Going on five years for the DemocRats and still no jobs, jobs jobs just blame, blame, blame someone else. Gas prices UP, food prices UP, unemployment UP, utility prices UP, insurance prices UP, Deficit UP.

  • RonalFos
    March 13, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.

    T6, you are so full of $hit! Jobs are up, unemployment down, deficit is down. The economy is improving at a rate that hasn't been seen in a generation. You need to get out in the sunshine more.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    March 13, 2013 at 10:24 p.m.

    Can they at least exempt senior citizens, or provide they can use an expired driver's license? Are they really afraid of a flood of octogenarian and nonagenerian voter impersonation?

  • KnuckleBall
    March 13, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.

    They don't care if they follow the Constitution for the Great State of Arkansas. Here is another case that the AG will have to defend, because these people that are still wet behind the ears have no common sense. They are in power and intend to push bills into law that can't be legal unless we the citzens vote on. For a group that hollers they want less government, they sure have increased government.

  • GrimReaper
    March 14, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.

    RonalFos, your ignorant statements show that you are the one who is full of it. You need to shut up and get back in your cage!

  • djigoo
    March 14, 2013 at 1:14 a.m.

    We all know what's REALLY behind the "Voter ID" movement. So let's just be honest with each other about the issue.

  • TimberTopper
    March 14, 2013 at 4:53 a.m.

    I'm thinking that maybe a Top Secret clearance is what they'd prefer, for a person to be able to vote. The Gerry-Mandering of this state as well as many others has made the democratic process undemocratic. Districts should be by law made to be 50 % each Republican and Democrat. That way the politicians would at least have to work for the people of the state, rather than having a lock on the seats.

  • T6
    March 14, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.

    Inquire... Have you heard of Meleowese Richardson? Of course you have!
    Obama supporter Melowese Richardson has been indicted for allegedly voting at least six times. She also is charged with illegal voting in 2008 and 2011.

    The 58-year-old veteran Cincinnati poll worker, indicted Monday, faces eight counts of voter fraud. Two others, one of whom is a nun, have been charged separately.