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Long-awaited ruling puts hold on Arkansas' voter-ID law

By Hunter Field , John Lynch

This article was published April 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray is shown in this 2017 file photo.

Arkansas' new voter-identification law is on hold for now, thanks to a judge's ruling Thursday evening.

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hah406 says... April 27, 2018 at 8:20 a.m.

Note to GOP: Instead of trying to violate our state constitution with these acts, why don't you do this. Amend Article 3 Section 1 of the constitution to include your ID requirement. Put it before the voters of the state and let the people decide. Regnat Populus!!!

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RBBrittain says... April 27, 2018 at 8:31 a.m.

Reading the comments on yesterday's article, I see a common response when the right loses: Blame the judge. Ignore the fact that it wouldn't even be before the judge to begin with if not for the plaintiff who's being screwed by your illegal scheme. (In law school they call it "subject matter jurisdiction" or sometimes "standing".) There's another unrelated issue I was opposed to Barry Haas over decades ago, but I agree with him on this one. Why aren't you railing at him instead of Judge Gray?
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And yes it IS voter suppression, because the purpose of photo ID in most contexts is replaced in voting by the registration ITSELF. That's the gist of much of Haas' argument: The unique clause that permits the legislature to amend parts of Amendment 51 was to allow fine-tuning of the registration system (such as implementing "motor voter" in the 1990's); inserting a NEW REQUIREMENT for voting like voter ID (as the court found in 2014), even by adding the magic phrase "verification of voter registration" and burying it in Amendment 51, is beyond the legislature's constitutional authority.

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RBBrittain says... April 27, 2018 at 9:02 a.m.

@hah406: That is exactly what Issue 2 on the November ballot would do. I'm opposed to it (and I think I found hidden language in it that could allow the legislature to dream up all kinds of additional voter suppression schemes), but at least it meets the spirit of the court decisions (back to 1865) that dictated both this ruling and the 2014 decision: Voting qualifications should be set by the voters THEMSELVES. Judge Gray's ruling has no effect on Issue 2, and may actually legitimize it; otherwise we would have to show voter ID to vote on an amendment to permit voter ID. (As Orwellian as it sounds, that's actually how Arkansas ended up with a poll tax in the 1890's; the legislature imposed it before asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment to allow it.)

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smmlv3 says... April 27, 2018 at 10:19 a.m.

Why would any legitimate voter object to showing their ID? Naysayers are typically liberals who want to "win" the vote through questionable means since they have not been winning otherwise.

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mrcharles says... April 27, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.

July 24, 2012-A court filing by the state of Pennsylvania, ahead of a trial starting later this week on a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups against the state’s new voter fraud law, contains an astounding admission:
The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there “have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states.”

In other words, the state knows that voter fraud is a nonexistent problem, but will nonetheless defend a law that could potentially disenfranchise a huge number of the state’s voters
it’s more than clear that this is a crude attempt to suppress Democratic turnout in the election. Pennsylvania Republicans aren’t shy about this fact. State GOP House Leader Mike Turzai recently admitted the extent to which this law serves no purpose other than to elect Republicans.
The National Association of Secretaries of State, in a press release, stated: “We are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump… In the lead up to the November 2016 election, secretaries of state expressed their confidence in the systemic integrity of our election process as a bipartisan group, and they stand behind that statement today.”
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, said the election system is “actually more secure than it’s ever been in our nation’s history.

imagenary voter fraud vs the inability of many to vote. Why does gop favor the first and disregard the second. See above, tate GOP House Leader Mike Turzai.

my retort, smmlv3, why do you support voter suppression. As you know , perhaps not in Arkansas, but the base of the gop is dwindling and this is one of their ways to hang on a little longer. Sad and hypocritical.

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honesthap says... April 27, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

smmlv3, you are correct; no legitimate voter (with any common sense) would object to ensuring accuracy in voting by showing an ID. Of course, the liberal swine who object to showing identification, do not care about accurate voting. Let those scum try to board a commercial airliner and whine about having to show identification. Ohhhhhh, those bad old airlines were discriminating against me...........!

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