Arkansas Supreme Court allows enforcement of state voter ID law
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state could enforce its voter ID law during the primary elections later this month, despite another judge declaring the law unconstitutional, The Associated Press reported.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray had granted a preliminary injunction last month to block the law from going into effect ahead of the May 22 primary.
But the state Supreme Court sided with the state officials who requested that the court stay Gray’s ruling. Early voting for the primary starts Monday.
The voter ID is nearly identical to a rule that was struck down as unconstitutional by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2014.
The new version of the law, passed by the state in 2017, allows voters to cast a provisional ballot without a valid ID if they sign a sworn statement confirming their identity.
Arkansas resident Barry Haas sued the state earlier this year, challenging the new voter ID law. He was one of four residents who sued over the initial voter ID law.
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