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Arkansas voter-ID law again found unconstitutional

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 2, 2014 at 7:13 a.m. Updated May 2, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas judge has again found the state's new voter ID law to be unconstitutional but says he will not block the state from enforcing it in the upcoming primary.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday ruled that the law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot violates the Arkansas Constitution. But Fox stayed his order, saying he did not believe there is enough time to block the state from enforcing the law with early voting in the primary to begin on Monday.

Fox struck down the law in a separate case last week, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling while it considers an appeal of the decision.

Attorneys for the state Board of Election Commissioners and the Pulaski County Election Commission filed briefs with the state Supreme Court on Friday in the appeal of Fox's earlier ruling.

The attorney general's office, representing the state board, said the law protects the integrity of the ballot. The Pulaski County Election Commission said Fox was correct in saying the law adds a new requirement for voters.

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Packman says... May 2, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

Tim Fox is working hard to be the next UIA (Useful Idiots of America) president.

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wgcamp says... May 2, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.

I think the useless idiots are the Republicans that keep introducing voter Id legislation that gets overturned.. The only thing they accomplish is making the voters they attempt to disenfranchise more determined to vote. They tried it in Ohio and Florida in 2012 and the Dems had record winning turnouts.

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Reason says... May 2, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.

We've gotta a bunch of idiots that have NEVER read the "voter registration" in the Arkansas Constitution. No matter what you think or think the Constitution should read... There is NO WAY to ADD all the republican requirements to it without amending the Constitution.
Can't legislate a change with a simple majority vote. The Arkansas Constitution says so.
Judge Fox is right. It's unconstitutional.

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SPA says... May 2, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.

Reason is...the voice of reason.

There's nothing horrific about requiring a photo ID...there *is* something very, very wrong with trying to rush it into place without proper discussion and planning, because it *will* disenfranchise legitimate voters that way. Do this right, and it will likely be helpful. The way it is currently being done is not helpful.

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behindthescenes2 says... May 2, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

Why is this man being given any credibility, this is the same judge that had his opponent disqualified for a suspended license he was also guilty of? There can only be one reason to oppose showing an ID to vote....voter fraud.

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JakeTidmore says... May 2, 2014 at 9:17 p.m.

Way to go Kathryn. You just made all the voters before 1999 and millions more since then into fraudlent voters with your screwball logic.

Nice to know that a bunch of quivering chicken little folks with yellow stripes down their scared and spineless backs have let the fearmongering Republicans convince them that something that happens less frequently than a man getting hit by lightning on the golf course is a danger to their liberty.

History shows that the ones running the election booths are the ones who will steal elections, not the one in the election booth exercising his or her constitutional right to vote. A constitutional right which some of you shamelessly wish to steal away from them because you are not brave and are not free. You are too scared to be that way.

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djigoo says... May 2, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

Good day for liberty.

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Capitalist12 says... May 2, 2014 at 10:31 p.m.

Misleading headline. This judges decision was overruled by the Arkansas Supreme Court, so Fox acquiesces and submits to the higher court. Picture IDs are required throughout our society, from bank accounts to drivers licenses, to boarding planes. If there actually exist a person somewhere in Arkansas without one, an ID will be given to the individual at no cost to that individual.
There is no logical argument against a picture ID, except for those who desire illegal voting or seek to play the race card, in an effort to appeal to the uninformed.

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2531USMC says... May 3, 2014 at 12:47 a.m.

Did anyone read his opinion? He listed a few examples of why this law did not pass muster under the Arkansas State Constitution. Though it would appear as though the Arkansas Supreme court has chosen to address just a few of his rulings, One they addressed had to do with requirement that a certain percentage of the house and senate must be pass such law by a set percentage to pass. Which is his ruling he stated had not occurred. Another point he made was that the constitution laid out the laws regarding qualifications for voter registration were very clear as to the qualifications necessary to allow a citizen in Arkansas to vote, this did not include any mention of a photo ID. The only way to change this would be to make a change to the Arkansas state constitution, the legislature fortunately does not have the authority to violate the supreme law of the land. Regardless of whether or not you may feel that this is a good law or not. Theoretically the only way to accomplish this would be to place an amendment before the voters of Arkansas and if they agreed by popular vote to allow the additional requirement that a voter must present a valid photo ID then at least that portion of the constitution would no longer be an issue. But keep in mind that none of this addresses the Americans with Disabilities act, those who have any disability many who claim this law would place a undue hard ship in their right to vote due to the many road blocks that society fails to take in account. This could lead to the federal courts having to step on and to possible rule against this law. The purpose of the law, “to stop voter fraud “ is a good idea, the problem is that it was poorly written and failed to take in account constitutional mandates….

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behindthescenes2 says... May 3, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. name is not Kathryn and assuming that someone is a Republican because they disagree with you makes you a shallow lemming. Showing an ID to vote is so fundamentally benign the question is obviously begged as to why you would object. My step-mother's niece in 2008 went to vote in Chicago and was told she couldn't vote because it showed she had already voted...that is why one should show an ID. If groups are opposing showing an ID then hey, why? As to disenfranchising voters, the very voters opponents claim would be effected have to show a government ID to get food stamps, welfare, or any other social service.

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