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An Arkansas judge has blocked a voter ID law that’s nearly identical to a measure the state’s highest court found unconstitutional about four years ago.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law from being enforced during the state’s May 22 primary. Early voting for the primary begins May 7.

A lawsuit challenging the measure claims the law enacted last year circumvents a 2014 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that struck down a previous voter ID measure. The lawsuit was filed by a Little Rock voter who was among the four plaintiffs who challenged the previous photo ID requirement.

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

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  • FightingScot
    April 26, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

    I am sick and tired of these judges thinking they know more than the people they are supposed to represent. If someone wants to vote they should gladly show an ID to do so. Registered voters are the only ones that should be allowed to vote.

  • Bzzzt
    April 26, 2018 at 7:29 p.m.

    They DO know more. They know the law and the Constitution--that's what qualifies them to be on the bench. And they're not there to represent "the people"; those would be legislators. Judges represent--or rather, sit in judgment of--the law.

  • hah406
    April 26, 2018 at 7:42 p.m.

    Amen. These judges do know more than the average uneducated, ignorant Arkansas legislator. This is based on the law, not peoples desire to disenfranchise Arkansas voters. I showed an ID and proof of citizenship when I moved here and registered to vote. I shouldn't have to keep proving it over and over.

  • jerrynshipman1949gmailcom
    April 26, 2018 at 8:18 p.m.

    Stupid Judges ! Vote them out !! It’s not asking to much to show a valid license .

  • GOHOGS19
    April 26, 2018 at 8:20 p.m.

    Comment sense measure gets tossed by a single judge. Crazy

  • RBBrittain
    April 26, 2018 at 8:45 p.m.

    "Common sense"? More like voter suppression. The backers of voter ID keep citing "voter fraud", including the Hudson Hallum absentee ballot fraud in Crittenden County; but voter ID would NOT have prevented the Hallum fraud, "Mickey Mouse" registrations (almost always thrown out before voting), or most other actual frauds. It's actually an excuse to throw out legitimate votes of people who don't normally carry the specific kinds of ID required by the law, who GOP backers assume support Democrats.

  • mozarky2
    April 26, 2018 at 9:01 p.m.

    Did you ever try getting into a fundraiser for the Clinton Crime Family Pay to Play Emporium and Cash Washateria without an ID?

  • billg3112091102
    April 26, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.

    How is photo ID voter suppression?

  • Arkie2017
    April 26, 2018 at 9:57 p.m.

    People don't get the purpose of these voter ID laws, to block voters. It's a scam on the American people and we have dirty politicians convincing people it's in their best interests. They've been convincing people for decades to vote against their own best interests and people are buying it. Once the "enhanced" Driver's license kicks in which will be the October surprise just before the 2020 Presidential election people will discover that they can't vote without an enhanced driver's license or a regular one with multiple other ID's such as a passport, which cost me $130.00 to get renewed last year and other ID's. This is voter suppression of the poor. Statistics show that it's a method of disenfranchisement of the poor and how about all the old people who no longer drive? Are they to be blocked from legally voting because of that? I say thank God for the few remaining judges that haven't been bought by dark money special interests that seek to control the courts so that more cases will be decided in their favor. They also seek to control government and this country. We live not in a democracy which means our elected reps legislate the will of the people and they haven't for the past 30 years since money became free speech. Our voices now are no longer heard for we're drowned out. Is that what people want? I think not and I rejoice that this judge held that this "new" farce is still unconstitutional.

  • BigA
    April 27, 2018 at 6:14 a.m.

    Impeach the judge!