Wednesday, May 2, 2018

AR Gets Permission to Enforce Voter ID Law in Primaries

Arkansas can Enforce a Voter ID Law in Primary Elections this Month, the State’s Supreme Court ruled today.

The High Court will allow the Law to remain in effect while it Hears the State’s Full Appeal of a Lower Court Decision Blocking the Law. This means Voters will have to Show a Photo ID in order to Vote in Arkansas’ May 22nd Primary, Early Voting begins May 7th.

The Law does allow Voters without Acceptable Identification to cast Provisional Ballots. But in order to get a Provisional Ballot Counted, a Voter must bring Identification to their Local Election Office by the Monday, May 28th, following the Election.

Chris Powell, a Spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, praised the Decision. “The Supreme Court’s prompt attention to this matter, on an emergency basis, gives the County Clerks and County Boards of Election Commissioners reassurance that the year-long preparations for the election have not been wasted,” Powell said.

Today’s Decision pauses an Injunction from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray, who Blocked the Voter ID Law on April 26th after it was challenged by a Little Rock Voter. She said it went beyond the Specific Provisions in the State Constitution outlining the Requirements to Register to Vote.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) Signed the Voter ID Requirement into Law in 2017, even though the Law closely resembles a Measure that was Struck Down by the State Supreme Court in 2014.

Lawyers for Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) and other State Election Officials immediately Appealed to the State Supreme Court after Gray’s Ruling, asking them to move quickly to Block the Injunction.

Four of the Seven Justices who Voted to Strike Down the 2014 Version of the State’s Voter ID Law are no longer on the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Three Justices who remain had found at the time that the Law was Invalid because it didn’t get the Votes of Two-Thirds of the State Legislature, which is required to Change Voting Qualifications in the State Constitution.

The 2017 Bill, meanwhile, Passed the Arkansas House 74-21 and the State Senate 25-8.

A separate Proposal to add a Voter ID Requirement to the State Constitution will be on the Ballot this Fall.

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