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Court grants stay in Arkansas voter-ID ruling

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 29, 2014 at 9:58 a.m. Updated April 29, 2014 at 4:44 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' highest court has temporarily stayed a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter-ID law and given both sides until Friday to make their case about whether the restriction should remain in place.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the state's request to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's decision voiding the new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Fox ruled the restriction violated Arkansas' constitution. Fox issued the ruling in a case that had focused on absentee ballot rules.

The court gave the state and the Pulaski County Election Commission until noon Friday to file briefs in the appeal.

The court, however, rejected a request to stay a portion of Fox's ruling striking down rules giving absentee voters more time to show photo identification.

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

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SPA says... April 29, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.

Too fast. Change like this take time to implement properly. Phase in over several years with ample time to educate voters, and for people to understand what they need to do. There's nothing wrong with ID...it's the race to put it into place quickly that's the problem.

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Packman says... April 29, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

Sanity prevails, at least for the moment.

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cckswoop says... April 29, 2014 at 7:59 p.m.

There are few around who do not have photo ID's anymore. A driver's license is a photo ID. For those who don't have one, one year should be time enough for the State to set up the Revenue DL division to supply an ID similar to a drivers license to those who want a "Voting ID". Let's just do it and stop making excuses. Let's win the race.

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djigoo says... April 29, 2014 at 9:50 p.m.

"Voter ID" = Voter suppression.

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JakeTidmore says... April 29, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

Seems the Chicken Littles want to keep scaring everyone with their sky is falling fears about voter fraud. The Founding Fathers would gag at this obscenity of a law. Nothing free and brave about the voter ID law.
Folks who support this kind of legislation need glass belly buttons so they can see out of the dark hole their head hides in. They're just using the Constitution for toilet paper when it comes to this travesty of a law.
Freakin' cowards!

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Capitalist12 says... April 29, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

States require IDs for driving, banks for accounts, federal govt for plane travel, etc. Are they discriminating too against illegal aliens or against illegal identification? This is purely an attempt by the radical left to play the race card and/or get more illegal votes.

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djigoo says... April 30, 2014 at 12:18 a.m.

So, there'll be lots of evidence of polling-place misrepresentation all over the Interwebs, right, Capitalist?

Looking forward to the links.

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23cal says... April 30, 2014 at 5:42 a.m.

This is three in a row: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and now Arkansas. At least the judges seem to get it, despite the right wing vote suppressors who don't. How can so many judges in a row be so blind?
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In the Wisconsin case, District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the state didn't make a compelling case that voter fraud exists and needs to be combated. He also ruled that it's not clear that it would be easy for people without valid photo ID to obtain it and said the law unduly targets minority voters.
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"The evidence at trial established that virtually no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin," Adelman wrote. "The defendants could not point to a single instance of known voter impersonation occurring in Wisconsin at any time in the recent past."
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When this matter gets into court and real evidence is required to prove the voter fraud that would be stopped by voter photo ID, the wingers can't produce the cases. They scream that not only the cases exist but that in-person impersonation is widespread.....but when push comes to shove, they can't produce the evidence.
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That's because the evidence doesn't exist.
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Citizens don't have a fundamental RIGHT to drive a car or to cash a check or to do a lot of things that require a photo ID. Citizens DO have a fundamental right to cast a ballot.

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Whippersnapper says... April 30, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

Yes, without Voter ID every poll worker knows every voter and voter fraud could NEVER happen.
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Without Voter ID, we can simply TRUST that every person casting a ballot meets the constitutional requirements.
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Without Voter ID, we could never have a situation happen as has happened in North Carolina, New York, Ohio and elsewhere where voters cast fraudulent ballots in multiple elections spanning in one case more than a decade before one person got stupid and talked about it.
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The truth is that voter fraud happens, and it is almost impossible to catch if you can't check IDs. Claiming you can catch/prevent fraud without a voter ID law in place is like telling police they have to catch speeders but they aren't allowed to use any technology to verify the speed of the suspected speeder. It's like telling police they aren't allowed to collect ballistics or fingerprint evidence when conducting an investigation. Simply put, if you want to ban voter ID laws, you should also advocate banning radar and fingerprinting and every other technology that is in place to catch criminals.

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