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Circuit judge strikes down voter ID law

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 24, 2014 at 4:48 p.m. Updated April 24, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox (shown in file photo) on April 24, 2014, struck down Arkansas' voter ID law saying it illegally adds a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas judge struck down the state's new voter ID law on Thursday, saying it violates the state constitution by adding a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox voided the measure in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the law. A separate lawsuit had been filed last week directly challenging the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The law "is declared void and unenforceable," Fox wrote in the ruling.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the law last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate. Backers of the measure said it was aimed at reducing voter fraud, while opponents said it would disenfranchise voters.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, says the state Board of Election Commissioners has asked McDaniel's office to appeal Thursday's ruling, and it will do so.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, which had filed the separate lawsuit, hailed the ruling.

"The important thing is it indicates voters will be able to vote," Holly Dickson, the group's legal director. "It matters not which suit as long as voters will be able to vote."

The law, which took effect Jan. 1, was used in some local elections earlier this year, but it will be used statewide for the first time during early voting beginning May 5 and during primary elections on May 20.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

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Dontcallmenames says... April 24, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

Once again, ONE person overrides the will of the people and our elected representatives. All it takes is one liberal nutcase and the will of the people is thwarted!

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AmericasDoomed says... April 24, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

I guess the dead will get to vote Democrat again this year.

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Popsmith says... April 24, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

I don't care to share my state with anyone who isn't willing to prove he is a resident. This smells political.

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JakeTidmore says... April 24, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

A law which puts the lie to the oft-quoted phrase "land of the free, home of the brave" is struck down as it rightly should be. There was NO proof of voter fraud to justify the law. Am tired of spineless cowards who backed this law. Take the yellow stripes off your back and give them to the highway department where they can be put to better use dividing our roads instead of dividing our people.

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TheBatt says... April 24, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

ONE. Judge overrules the will of the people. We can see how he stands on the concept of vote integrity.

But let us get back to the grounds for his decision- by his thinking, EVERYTHING that requires ID is now illegal.

Next time a police officer demands to see your ID, just mention "Judge Fox".

Next time the pharmacy asks for your ID, just say "Judge Fox!"

Sigh

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FarmBoy says... April 24, 2014 at 5:17 p.m.

Crooked Lawyers don't like to do what the people want. They want the dead people and illegal alians to vote for the wrong people. Politicians buy votes all the time and this makes it easier.

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ARK1MXG says... April 24, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

I will not vote for him again :(

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

A cunning fox he is...................

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