An Arkansas Judge Declared the State’s Voter Identification Law as Unconstitutional.
In an interesting turn of events, an Arkansas judge for Pulaski County Circuit Court Tim Fox, declared the state’s very own and very new voter identification law unconstitutional because the law requires that voters must meet other requirement before they can cast their ballot. Judge Fox called the requisite that a voter must show a photo identification card, “void and unenforceable.”
The Arkansas’ Republican-led Legislature approved the law last year but, but even though Democratic Governor Mike Beebe vetoed it, the state House and Senate overrode the governor.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, approximately three dozen U.S. states have voter identification measures. The laws are part of a nationwide effort at the state level aimed at preventing voter fraud, but many critics, who are challenging these laws in several state courts, call these laws onerous on low income and minority voters.
The state´s Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office has announced their plans to appeal the ruling right away on behalf of The Board of Election Commissioners. In an additional twist of events, the Pulaski County elections board has filed suit against the state panel.
In this case, what happens in Arkansas will most probably be felt in other states….