Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

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Associated Press

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 7:02 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking a judge to strike down a state law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot, arguing the new requirements violate the Arkansas constitution.

The ACLU on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County court on behalf of four voters seeking to overturn the law, which was approved by the Republican-led Legislature last year. The law took effect this year, and its first state-wide test will be the May 20 primary. The plaintiffs include a Pulaski County voter who refused to show ID during a March 11 local special election.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed the voter ID measure last year, saying it would infringe on voters' rights. The Legislature overrode his veto with a simple majority.

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