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Court grants stay in Arkansas voter-ID ruling

by The Associated Press | 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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