Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Voter ID Law
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[April 25, 2014]
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) — An
Arkansas judge declared the state's new voter identification law
unconstitutional on Thursday since it stipulates that voters must meet
an additional requirement before casting a ballot.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox called the law, which
calls for voters to show photo identification cards, "void and
Nearly three dozen U.S. states have voter identification measures,
according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws
are part of a nationwide effort at the state level aimed at
preventing voter fraud. Critics say they hinder low-income and
minority voters and are challenging the laws in several state
Arkansas' Republican-led Legislature approved the law last year.
Democratic Governor Mike Beebe had vetoed the bill, but the state
House and Senate overrode the governor.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said it would work quickly
to appeal the ruling on behalf of The Board of Election
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The Pulaski County elections board had brought the suit against the
(Reporting by Suzi Parker; editing by Ian Simpson and Edwina Gibbs)
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