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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.

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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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Dontsufferfools says... March 31, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

Walter, insight and incite sound the same but your comments lean toward the latter.

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Djanket says... March 31, 2013 at 6:14 p.m.

>> UNBELIEVABLE!!
The past election was provably fraught with voter fraud, voting by illegal aliens and all kinds of skewing of the 'will of the people,' and BEEBE sees this as an 'unnecessary measure' ... 'impacting one of our most precious rights' ???? HOW ABOUT OUR RIGHT TO A FAIR AND HONEST ELECTION???? And he alludes to the cost - when some of the most idiotic 'costs' are never even 'blinked' at. What a crock!!

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Djanket says... March 31, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.

Anyone who cannot obtain a simple picture ID in this day and time certainly doesn't have the ability or comprehension to cast a vote!!

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Dontsufferfools says... March 31, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.

I'm with Djanket, and once all the people I don't want to vote get their IDs, I think we should institute a poll tax, about $25, so that some people will have to go to the bank before they vote, and if they're too lazy to do that, then they shouldn't vote. Also a history exam. Let's ask voters random questions like, who was the 27th president? and if they miss it, then they doh't vote. Can't have uneducated people voting. Also, how about a 6-foot-high barrier in front of the voting booth? If you're too fat, too short, too weak or too old to climb over that barrier, then you shouldn't vote because you're probably some lazy do-nothing on disability or SS.

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Walter says... March 31, 2013 at 9:15 p.m.

morebeer, even a washing machine works better with an "agitator".

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Packman says... March 31, 2013 at 9:17 p.m.

Hey morebeer - Naw, I'm like the majority of the people and OK with a simple valid ID to vote. But if you want to make a requirement that all voters make a "donation" to a worthy cause like the NRA, that's OK by me. I am curious, however, as to who you don't want to vote? Personally, I believe every US citizen of legal age with a valid ID should vote. Whose vote do you want to suppress?

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