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State GOP sees voter-ID double standard

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 21, 2014 at 9:27 a.m. Updated April 21, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Republican Party of Arkansas said absentee voters who fail to submit required identification with their ballot should be given more time to submit ID, arguing in a filing to a state court that failing to do so would create a double standard compared to voters who cast a ballot in person.

The state Board of Election Commissioners approved a rule change allowing voters who do not submit required identification with their absentee ballot to turn in the documents for their vote to be counted by noon Monday after an election. It mirrors an identical period given voters who fail to show ID when they seek to vote in person at the polls.

The Pulaski County Election Commission filed suit over the change, saying the state board overstepped its authority because such a provision was not included in the legislation creating new voter ID requirements. A judge previously granted the Republican Party's request to defend the state board's decision.

"In-person voters would have the opportunity to have their ballots counted if they can submit proper proof of their identification by the Monday following an election. Absentee voters would be denied this opportunity," the Republican Party of Arkansas said in a motion filed Friday that argued there would be a double standard.

But the Pulaski County Election Commission argued that the rule change is invalid because Act 595, approved by the Legislature last year, did not include extra time for absentee voters who didn't include a photocopy of their ID with their ballots.

"There are only three and one-half business days between Election Day and the end of the cure period," the Pulaski County commission wrote in a court brief Friday. "This allows very little time to provide notice to an absentee voter and have them return the required identification documentation."

Both sides have until Wednesday to file responses in the case.

The litigation is separate from an American Civil Liberties Union suit challenging a new Arkansas law requiring photo ID to cast a ballot. The May 20 primary is the first statewide test of the new law.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 21, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

This whole thing is a forest, there has NEVER been a significant number of cases of voter fraud at the ballot box by people trying to impersonate another, that would have swayed an election.Now the supreme court and hanging chads, that's another story. This is simply a ploy by the GOP trying to disenfranchise a specific group of the electorate that happens to vote the Democrat ticket. Can ANYONE give one good reason for cutting the days of early and Sunday voting?

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outinthesticks says... April 21, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

So why don't we just make voting an election to election thing, BS? No need to have any time period, just vote when you feel like it, once the candidate has announced. I would think these goobers who scream about having ID would have plenty of time to vote, as most if not all of them are not working, or they would have ID. Why are you libs so upset at having to show ID if there is no fraud?

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Packman says... April 21, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

@BillSmithFreeSpiritMan - "This is simply a ploy by the GOP trying to disenfranchise a specific group of the electorate that happens to vote the Democrat ticket." Why do you choose to hate on Democrat voters? Personally, I believe the typical Democrat voter is every bit as resourceful as the typical Republican voter. All this incessant talk of "disenfranchisement" is essentially saying Democrat voters are less capable than Republican voters. No need to hate on useful idiots. They are what they are.
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Here is a very good reason to cut days of early and Sunday voting via an illustrative example which, sadly, I fear a Socialist loving mind will fail to understand: BSBoy owns a go-cart track in Destin, Florida. His business is highly seasonal. When he first bought the business he was open year round. He lost money after that first year because nobody rode go-karts on Sundays or during the off season. BSBoy did a basic cost-benefit analysis and decided to close on Sundays and during the off season. Now, if .01% of people are voting on Sundays and farther than 15 days ahead of elections it's in the taxpayer's best interest to close those days. Consider this your economics lesson of the day, BSBoy. No thanks necessary.

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GrimReaper says... April 21, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

Yes, Surfer. What BS Boy has implied, albeit inadvertently, is that many Democrat voters are, in fact, so stupid they will be unable to manage the requirement to show an ID to vote. When I look at the candidates which they have consistently chosen in the past, I have to agree with his implication.

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Hogdude says... April 21, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.

Producing ID will prevent fraud, or at least most of it. Absolutely nothing wrong with requiring it. Let's vote.

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carpenterretired says... April 21, 2014 at 10:09 p.m.

Repealing the 19th amendment would benefit the G.O.P. more that photo I.D. in wining elections.

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djigoo says... April 21, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.

"Voter ID" = Voter suppression.

AKA, the only way Republicans will ever win any major elections ever again.

Florida 2000 provided the template for GOP election theft...ViD is the next logical step.

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Whippersnapper says... April 22, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

djigoo says... April 21, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.
"Voter ID" = Voter suppression.
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Seriously? Foreign election observers werre shocked by the fact that the U.S. has a "trust based" system and doesn't require ID when they came to observe Texas in 2012 to ensure minorities weren't "suppressed." They thought that the U.S. OUGHT to have voter ID to keep the elections fair, and these were international election monitors brought in by the liberals to protect minority rights.
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That's according to an article published in Foreign Policy magazine in November 2012.
thecable.foreignpolicy. com/posts/2012/11/06/foreign_election_officials_amazed_by_trust_based_us_voting_system

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GrimReaper says... April 22, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

Whipper, don't confuse goo goo with facts. It's really an intellectual challenge for him to simply parrot the party line.

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