Board To Consider Emergency Absentee Ballot Rules

Apr 9, 2014

A sign outside a Pulaski County polling location during an election last month.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas's Board of Election Commissioners are set to consider whether they will permanently adopt the emergency rules for absentee ballots that they approved last month.

Board Director Justin Clay says the seven-member body will vote on approving the rules as permanent provisions in their scheduled Wednesday meeting.

The rules passed by the board in late February allow a brief grace period for absentee voters to submit proof of identification if they didn't attach them their ballot when voting.

The Pulaski County Election Commission has filed a lawsuit against the board over those changes saying that the rules conflict with the state's attorney general who has said Arkansas' voter-identification law doesn't grant extra time for absentee voters to present their ID for their ballot to be counted.