AR Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Voter ID Law on the Books

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a ruling that vacates a decision by a lower court striking Act 595, the Voter ID law, as unconstitutional.

The 50-page ruling also agreed with Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox that the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners overstepped it's administrative authority by allowing a seven-day "cure" period to count absentee ballots submitted without a voter ID.

The result of the decision means any absentee ballot submitted without a voter ID will not be counted.

However, voters are still required to submit a voter ID when voting absentee or in-person at polling locations.

The 5-2 split decision did not address the overall legality of Act 595 passed by the general assembly in 2013.

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement on today’s ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court on the Voter ID ruling:

“Judge Fox, in allowing the Republican Party of Arkansas to intervene, asked that we represent all absentee voters and their rights to cure the failure to present an ID. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has ruled against absentee voters and we will now seek a legislative remedy so all votes will count. We are pleased that the Supreme Court did not overturn the requirements of the Voter ID Bill and we look forward to further protecting the integrity of the ballot box.”

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