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BENTONVILLE — A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor who supports the new voter ID law was left waiting after he forgot his identification.

Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville on Monday. Olson says a staffer was able to retrieve the ID and bring it to Hutchinson so he could vote.

This election marks the first statewide test of the law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. A state judge has ruled the measure unconstitutional, but has suspended his ruling and says he won't prevent enforcement of the law during the primary.

Olson says Hutchinson thought the incident was a "little bit of an inconvenience" but still believes the law is necessary.

Photo by Staton Breidenthal
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --11/12/13-- Former Republican Congressman and Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson.

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  • bigchief
    May 20, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.

    What an iconic event to demonstrate the absurdity of the voter ID law. Most regular folks don't have a staffer to retrieve their identification. And, it's not like poll workers didn't recognize him. I've shown my ID for years at the polls, but would not want to be disenfranchised if I'd lost or misplaced it. I wonder if tornado victims who lost everything will be allowed to vote? I guess not unless they've taken time out to replace their driver's license or state ID.

  • 000
    May 20, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

    And now you know why I am voting for Ross.
    Besides, it keeps the politics in balance. The executive branch and legislative branches should always be kept in opposition, unless correcting previous excesses caused by stupidly letting one party control both.

  • yungs
    May 20, 2014 at 4:12 p.m.

    The law is necessary because of all the fraud that has taken place. The only people against this are those who wish to cheat the system.

  • HenryP
    May 20, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

    A little free PR?

  • 000
    May 20, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

    This thread is broken.

  • carpenterretired
    May 20, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

    The photo I.D. will help the G.O.P. win elections.

  • 000
    May 20, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

    Still broke

  • RBBrittain
    May 20, 2014 at 5:48 p.m.

    @yungs: What fraud? Virtually all the vote fraud that HAS taken place in Arkansas in recent years, most notably the Hudson Hallum absentee-ballot fraud, would ***NOT*** have been prevented by the voter ID law. If anything, it would have only added to the kind of hoops that snare ordinary citizens (the TRUE purpose of voter ID), but are mere speed bumps to fraudsters like Hallum.

  • djigoo
    May 20, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.


  • LizRuby
    May 20, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.