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Beebe vetoes Senate-proposed voter ID bill

By David Harten

This article was published March 25, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.


Beebe vetoed Senate Bill 2 on Monday, a bill that would've required voters to show identification at polling stations. In this March 10, 2013 file photo, Gov. Mike Beebe is interviewed in a hallway at the state Capitol in Little Rock, after vetoing legislation that would have banned abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Governor Mike Beebe vetoed Senate Bill 2 on Monday afternoon, according to a release from his office.

The bill, which proposed a requirement that Arkansans show identification when voting in any election.

In the release, Beebe said the bill is "an expensive solution in search of a problem", with the Bureau of Legislative Research estimating the cost of implementing the bill at $300,000 in tax money.

The statement also added that the Attorney General's Office could not determine the legal future of the bill, should it become law.

"At a time when some argue for the reduction of unnecessary bureaucracy and for reduced government spending," Beebe said. "I find it ironic to be presented with a bill that increases government bureaucracy and increases government expenditures, all to address a need that has not been demonstrated.  I cannot approve such an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens."

Shortly after Beebe's office released news of the veto, Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, released a statement in response to the veto.

“By vetoing voter ID legislation, Governor Beebe has once again overruled the wishes of Arkansas voters, disregarded the will of bipartisan majorities who passed the bill in the legislature, and even ignored the opinion his own Attorney General released just this afternoon." Webb said. "In order to ensure the fairness and integrity of Arkansas elections, we look forward to overriding this veto in the days to come.”

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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RamblinRazorWreck says... March 26, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

Yeah NOUSERNAME, you are right! People unwilling to take responsibility for their own vote is not at all germain to this discussion. Neither is turning your right to vote over to the Arkansas Political Machine, or turning a blind eye to identity theft, or vote tampering, any other issue that has kept Arkansas under the thumb of the good ole boy network for over a century. Funny how the left will do everything they can to "conserve" the status quo when it comes to fraud... so they will whine and cry about a projection of $300,000 in one time costs while the State runs a numbers racket worth $1.39 million per day (preying mostly on the less fortunate) while shamefully less than 20% of the money survives to accomplish it's presupposed purpose. But it is for the kids, right? And so we all should compassionately promote every voter fraud opportunity as assistance for the weak and infirm. Makes perfect sense; but then I am the stupid one, right NOUSERNAME?

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JakeTidmore says... March 26, 2013 at 9:09 a.m.

See what I mean: won't acknowledge the data and don't have any to refute it. Just preachy SOBs w/o a clue.

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CCNelson says... March 26, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.

Beebe is fast lossing the respect I had for him by vetoing everything that comes across his desk. He is the one who is turning Arkansas politices in the Washington gridlock. This is so stupid only legal Americans should be able to vote & prove they are citizens. He is only paving the road for himself with the democrat party later after his term expires. It's all about him and not what's best for Arkansas. I'm for the poor & the old & the under privileged but don't think illegals should be able to vote. Their voting block was 78% for democrats in the last election who would want to screw that up by making them prove they are legal to vote.

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RamblinRazorWreck says... March 26, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.

Data & research showed that Lance Armstrong NEVER failed a drug test either. But you may go right ahead calling me stupid and calling my mother a dog. Civil discourse is dead.

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Garycmillerlawgmailcom says... March 26, 2013 at 10:19 a.m.

Statistics on the illegal alien voting bloc? Really??

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Packman says... March 26, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.

Hey Jake - "Data and research shows that voter ID is not needed." This statement is a lie. Define your term "needed" and I'll show you the lie. Regardless, why do you think it is asking too much of anyone to provide a valid ID to vote? Do you really believe the typical demorat voter is too lazy/ignorant/illegal to secure a valid ID? Really? Seriously? Beebe's veto is an affront to common sense. Liberals can make excuses for all levels of irresponsibility, everything from not getting an ID to vote to killing an unborn child for pure convenience sake of the mother. Which is only more reason I'm glad to say I'm not a liberal.

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ssue says... March 26, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

Voter fraud DIDN"T just start. How did the president get another four years to finish his messed upterm? Yes, We Know. I am SO thankful there are honest, in the know, Republicans in office that can undo at least part of what has been MESSED UP in Arkansas for so long. Yes, ASK FOR I D and go further, don't count the vote if the voter can't produce one. A LEGAL ONE!!!

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jskwill says... March 26, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

One cannot have a reasoned and rational discussion with another whose mind is already made up and chock full of the rhetoric from the talking heads on Fox TV and right wing talk radio. The same is true of those who totally and blindly follow the left wing TV and radio hosts and their conclusions. The folks I can have rational discussions with have some "liberal" positions and some "conservative" positions, like I do. This is not a black and white world with just the good guys and the bad guys, no matter how much some rant on endlessly about those terrible "liberals" or those ignorant "conservatives" in our nation. It is a much more comfortable world view to have our team and their team (love those sports analogies), with our team obviously the best and in the right, but the world is far too complex to simplify it down to the terribly polarized situation we now find in Washington DC. Wake up, folks. If your political views are the same today as when you were 18, you have not learned from your life experiences and adjusted your view of the world and others to fit a more mature world view - you have instead filtered your life experiences through your own perception and "made them fit" into your beliefs.

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 26, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

ssue.... just another black helicopter person comming out of the woodwork, they are showing up like cockroaches at a dump.

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JakeTidmore says... March 26, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

I've posed often on this subject and have cited sources often regarding the numbers I'veused. Brennan Law Center, NY Times, an Asheville NC editorial, and others. The data is also on Wikpedia regarding voter fraud and voter ID.

The best that the Republicans ever came up with was about 400 such cases in a 10+ year period. What they failewd to mention was how many of the cases were found inoocent and acquitted. Thi knocked out more than 75% of their numbers for the period they cited.

So, go ahead and call me a iar about the data but that doesn't faze me nor will it change the facts about voter fraud. NOR will it change the fact that you've provided zilch to prove the case for voter fraud.

Over and over, you've been asked to prove that there's a serious voter fraud problem which was the cornerstone of your argument. Not once have you brought evidence to the table that a significant level of voter fraud exists to warrant your suggested need for voter ID.

People who offer solutions for non-existent problems are dangerous to liberty and freedom. And if you can't prove how dangerous voter fraud REALLY is, then you deserve every epithet hurled at you because you've been lying through your teeth non-stop, relentessly, and immorally.

And you know something, the Lance Armstong case is a good comparison to the current voter ID scam. Like the voter ID lovers, he continually protested his mistreatment and promoted his good intentions. But, finaly the evidence and the facts got him.

The evidence and the facts are there to get all you voter id scammers. Real and acknowledged and researched.

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