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Beebe vetoes voter ID requirement

Posted: March 25, 2013 - 2:49pm
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 25, 2013. Later in the day Monday, Beebe vetoed a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at polls. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 25, 2013. Later in the day Monday, Beebe vetoed a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at polls. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, has vetoed a Republican-backed measure that would require voters to present a photo identification before casting a ballot, according to a news release from the governor's office Monday.

The governor cited concerns over the bill's constitutionality and expense of implementing the measure.

"While research conducted by the Attorney General's Office could not determine the legal future of the bill if it becomes law, Beebe still has concerns with respect to Article 3 of the Arkansas Constitution," according to the release. "The governor also believes that the bill will unnecessarily cost taxpayers money, grow bureaucracy and risk disenfranchisement of voters." The release said the legislation was "an expensive solution in search of a problem." The Bureau of Legislative Research estimated the state would pay $300,000, not counting the "ongoing costs that the taxpayers will continue to bear in future years," according to the release. The need for the measure is not clear, Beebe said the a statement.   "At a time when some argue for the reduction of unnecessary bureaucracy and for reduced government spending, I find it ironic to be presented with a bill that increases government bureaucracy and increases government expenditures, all to address a need that has not been demonstrated," Beebe said in the release.  Beebe said he couldn't approve an "unnecessary measure" that may infringe upon voting rights, which he called "one of our most precious rights as citizens." 

Arkansas' attorney general said he cannot say for sure whether a proposed Voter ID law would survive a court challenge, according to the Associated Press.

The Legislature has passed a bill that would require voters to show an identification card at the polls. Beebe had until today to decide whether to reject the bill or let it become law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel released an opinion Monday saying he cannot predict whether a court would reject the law on grounds that it imposes a new condition on voter eligibility. McDaniel said, however, that a challenge based on the right of suffrage would likely fail since Arkansas lawmakers would make ID cards available to people who don't currently have them.

Arkansas law currently requires polls workers to ask for identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don't have one.

Opponents have said the requirement is unconstitutional and would unfairly disenfranchise poor, elderly and minority voters. Supporters have said the requirement would help prevent voter fraud.

Lawmakers can override Beebe's veto with a simple majority in the House and Senate. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature.

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reader
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reader 03/25/13 - 03:00 pm
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More importantly

Reader swats fly. Details to follow.

Update:

Missed.

Reaganesque
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Reaganesque 03/25/13 - 03:04 pm
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Well.....

Pitiful......

reader
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reader 03/25/13 - 03:15 pm
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Pssssssssssssssssssssssssssst

Got two more bottles now. Have you taken your Haldol and Risperdol today?

Reaganesque
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Reaganesque 03/25/13 - 06:14 pm
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Well.....

Still losing I see. How pitiful.....

reader
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reader 03/25/13 - 03:21 pm
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Well. . . . . . . . . . .

I would have posted something new but all the straight people are at the "sucking post". ROFL

schultheis
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schultheis 03/25/13 - 03:46 pm
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One more meaningless veto in

One more meaningless veto in the land of Arkanistan.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 03/25/13 - 03:48 pm
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Vetoing something when you know it's going to get overridden is the key to politics.

Just like the Democrats that voted AGAINST Obamacare once it had enough votes to pass.

It's political genius, don't hate the players, hate the game.

krg2
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krg2 03/26/13 - 03:13 pm
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"...don't hate the players,

"...don't hate the players, hate the game."

No, because in this instance the players create and control the game...plus giving politicians (on both sides) a pass on accountability is one of the reasons we have the Koch brothers and Alec running our government.

And one reason that despite the reality that 80-90 percent of the country wants universal background checks for gun ownership, it probably won't make it into a law.

justoffcenter
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justoffcenter 03/25/13 - 03:56 pm
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Oh Canada

What do they do in Canada?

reader
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reader 03/25/13 - 04:47 pm
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ROFL LMAO!

ARKANISTAN! - you have coined a new one Schultheis. Love it!

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