Arkansas House Votes To Revive State's Voter ID Law

Jan 31, 2017

File photo of a Little Rock polling location in March 2014 asking voters to have a photo identification. The voter ID law was stuck down later that year.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas House has approved a plan to reinstate a voter ID law that was struck down more than two years ago, with Republicans counting on a mostly new state Supreme Court to uphold the measure.

The majority-Republican House voted 74-12 Tuesday to require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, easily clearing the two-thirds vote needed to advance. The measure now heads to the majority-GOP Senate.

The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously struck down the law in 2014, with the majority of justices ruling it unconstitutionally added a new qualification for voting. The latest proposal is aimed at addressing a concern three of the court's seven justices raised that the prohibition didn't pass with enough votes in the Legislature when it was enacted in 2013.