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story.lead_photo.caption Beebe vetoed Senate Bill 2 on Monday, a bill that would've required voters to show identification at polling stations. In this March 10, 2013 file photo, Gov. Mike Beebe is interviewed in a hallway at the state Capitol in Little Rock, after vetoing legislation that would have banned abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. - Photo by FILE PHOTO ASSOCIATED PRESS

Governor Mike Beebe vetoed Senate Bill 2 on Monday afternoon, according to a release from his office.

The bill, which proposed a requirement that Arkansans show identification when voting in any election.

In the release, Beebe said the bill is "an expensive solution in search of a problem", with the Bureau of Legislative Research estimating the cost of implementing the bill at $300,000 in tax money.

The statement also added that the Attorney General's Office could not determine the legal future of the bill, should it become law.

"At a time when some argue for the reduction of unnecessary bureaucracy and for reduced government spending," Beebe said. "I find it ironic to be presented with a bill that increases government bureaucracy and increases government expenditures, all to address a need that has not been demonstrated.  I cannot approve such an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens."

Shortly after Beebe's office released news of the veto, Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, released a statement in response to the veto.

“By vetoing voter ID legislation, Governor Beebe has once again overruled the wishes of Arkansas voters, disregarded the will of bipartisan majorities who passed the bill in the legislature, and even ignored the opinion his own Attorney General released just this afternoon." Webb said. "In order to ensure the fairness and integrity of Arkansas elections, we look forward to overriding this veto in the days to come.”

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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    March 25, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

    In other words, Beebe is saying he doesn't care if all votes are legal. He just wants them all counted, at least once.

  • LevyRat
    March 25, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.

    What cost of implementing???? You go to vote, you get asked for ID, you don't have ID and the people don't know you from Adam and you don't get to vote.
    Where is the cost????
    Maybe the Democrats think they can regain control of the Arkansas House and Senate if they vote a bunch of dead people ..... NO THANKS!

  • Concerned_Citizen
    March 25, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.

    Thank you Beebe!!!! If you have to have an ID, why do you need to register to vote? Makes no since!!! And Beebe did exacthly what this voter wanted!!!

  • finzleft
    March 25, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.

    Why is it that the Republican response to any election issue is to try to limit the number of voters as much as possible? I'm anticipating the day that we have to accept impartial election observers from other countries like some third world nation. I applaud our Governor for standing up to blatent attempts to steal future elections. I guess that if you can't get the popular vote, then you just try to eliminate voters.

  • GrimReaper
    March 25, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

    Typical self serving Democrat BS!

  • Pacorabone
    March 25, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.

    Kelly, makes no..... Since? Or is it... Cents??? Or maybe you meant... Sense.. All Gov. Beebe seems to do in office is veto legislation...He has mastered the art of "do nothing"

  • outinthesticks
    March 25, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

    I can't imagine anyone in today's society that would be able to get out and vote that would not have some form of valid ID. You have to have one to do almost ANYTHING today. So what's the great fear in showing one....uh, maybe I'm not who I say I am....or an illegal alien....or really dead....or....never mind, this is too simple for anyone but a member of the Demogogue party to understand.

  • LittleRockVoter
    March 25, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

    Agreed, this was just another example of government waste when the state of Arkansas can least afford it. Spending tax dollars to put up barriers for citizens to exercise their right to vote because of some perceived future threat of voter fraud perpetrated by the GOP is a waste of time and effort.

  • Dexter
    March 25, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.

    Thank you Governor! At least someone has some common sense!

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    March 25, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

    If voter fraud would help defeat some of these wingnut legislators, then we may have to honor the duty of civil disobedience and get after it in earnest.