Arkansas Supreme Court up­holds re­vised voter ID law

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas’ high­est court on Thurs­day up­held a voter ID law that is nearly iden­ti­cal to a re­stric­tion struck down by the court four years ago.

The 5-2 de­ci­sion from the Arkansas Supreme Court means the law, which re­quires vot­ers to show photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore cast­ing a bal­lot, will re­main in ef­fect in this year’s midterm election. Un­like the mea­sure struck down in 2014, the new law al­lows vot­ers to cast pro­vi­sional bal­lots with­out a photo ID if they sign a sworn state­ment con­firm­ing their iden­ti­ties.

Op­po­nents of the new mea­sure had ar­gued that it cir­cum­vented the 2014 rul­ing. But jus­tices on Thurs­day said law­mak­ers had the power to en­act the re­stric­tion by la­bel­ing it a change to a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment re­lated to voter reg­is­tra­tion re­quire­ments and was “there­fore con­sti­tu­tional.”

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