Arkansas Supreme Court upholds revised version of voter ID law

Arkansas Supreme Court upholds revised version of voter ID law
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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a voter ID law that largely mirrors a rule that the court declared unconstitutional in 2014.

The Associated Press reported that the state's highest court ruled 5-2 that the law requiring voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot is legal. A lower court had blocked officials from enacting the law.

The updated law differs from the unconstitutional version in that it allows voters to cast provisional ballots if they sign a sworn statement confirming their identities, the AP reported.

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The court in 2014 unanimously struck down the original law, with most justices ruling it unconstitutionally added a qualification to vote. Arkansas lawmakers approved the updated version last year, the AP reported.

The Arkansas decision came one day after a Missouri Circuit Court judge ruled that state election officials there can no longer spread materials that indicate voters must provide a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

The ruling effectively blocked a portion of Missouri's voter identification law one month before November's midterm elections. 

Also on Wednesday, the Supreme Court declined to toss out an appeals court order that allows North Dakota to enforce its voter ID requirement during the 2018 elections.

A group of Native American residents sought to dismiss the order, which requires voters to present identification that includes a current residential street address.