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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved a plan to reinstate a voter ID law that was struck down more than two years ago, with Republicans counting on a mostly new state Supreme Court to uphold the measure.

The majority-Republican House voted 74-12 Tuesday to require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, easily clearing the two-thirds vote needed to advance. The measure now heads to the majority-GOP Senate.

The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously struck down the law in 2014, with the majority of justices ruling it unconstitutionally added a new qualification for voting. The latest proposal is aimed at addressing a concern three of the court's seven justices raised that the prohibition didn't pass with enough votes in the Legislature when it was enacted in 2013.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • Knuckleball1
    January 31, 2017 at 7:56 p.m.

    They're never going to let this die...!!! Anything to make it harder to vote..!!! Unless they are going to come up with the money and transportation to make sure all of the baby boomers get a free easy to get voter ID, that have never driven (yes there are a lot of those) or either have quit driving and their license has expired.

    January 31, 2017 at 9:10 p.m.

    Republicans are some shady shyster types, Doing anything that can be done to keep People from Casting their Votes, This is all it is, Voter Suppression, Nothing More, Nothing LESS, Republicans think that these types of people tend to vote For Democrats so they are doing everything in their power, legal or otherwise, and attempting to make it legal to discriminate against the poorer people that do vote, This is SHAMEFUL, and Good people from Both Parties should rise up and speak against this Jim Crow Tactic.