Arkansas judge voids state voter ID law

Rita Sklar, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas carries a copy of a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter ID law before a news conference in front of the Pulaski County Court House in Little Rock, Wednesday, April 16. The group on behalf of four voters seeks to block a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state judge has struck down Arkansas' voter ID law, saying it illegally adds a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

 

In a decision Thursday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox declared the 2013 law void and unenforceable.

Early voting for the 2014 primary opens in 10 days.

Fox was asked to review the law after questions were raised over how absentee ballots should be handled. He said that upon reading the whole law, he found that none of it was valid.

A separate suit was filed last week challenging the entire law.

Republicans backed the law last year and overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. They said the law was necessary to eliminate voter fraud; Democrats said it was an attempt to disenfranchise voters.

 

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