LITTLE ROCK, Ar. -- A judge ruled that the voter ID law passed last year by the generally assembly went beyond the requirements to vote laid out in the state constitution.
Judge Tim Fox got the case on a more narrow issue about the voter ID law. Should absentee ballots submitted without a photo ID get extra time to produce one? The judge said it doesn’t matter, he adds that the voter ID law itself is unconstitutional because it creates requirements beyond what’s spelled out in the state constution for voting.
Chris Burks, Pulaski County elections commissioner says a lawsuit is filed, “I believe it was the right thing to do to make sure we have free and fair elections in the state of Arkansas.”
Senator Bryan King of northwest Arkansas is sponsoring the legislation, he called the ruiling fairly odd, strange, and shocking.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he plans to appeal the ruling on behalf of the State Board of Election Commissioners as quickly as possible.