Arkansas AG: No Extra Time For Absentees In New Law

Feb 10, 2014

Arkansas' attorney general says absentee voters who don't include proof of identification with their ballots shouldn't be given additional time to show their ID under a new state law.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an advisory opinion issued Monday a voter ID law approved last year didn't provide additional time for absentee voters who didn't submit proof of identity with their ballots.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the voter ID law last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

Voters at the polls can cast provisional ballots if they don't show photo ID, but must show identification to election officials by the Monday following the election.

McDaniel said the law did not spell out a similar avenue for absentee voters who don't provide identification.