Arkansas Senate To Take Up Override Of Voter ID Veto

Mar 27, 2013

The Arkansas Senate is expected to attempt to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. 

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe looks on during a Martin Luther King Jr. service in Little Rock, Arkansas in this January 15, 2013 Governor's office photo.

Republican Sen. Bryan King is expected to ask the Senate on Wednesday to override Beebe's veto of his voter ID bill.

It takes a simple majority in the House and Senate to override a governor's veto. If King is successful, the House is expected to vote on an override Thursday.

Beebe, a Democrat, vetoed the voter ID bill Monday and said it was an expensive solution in search of a problem. Beebe noted that Arkansas law already requires poll workers to ask voters to show identification. Under current law, voters can still cast a ballot if they don't show an ID.