Voter ID Requirement Resurfaces In House Committee

Mar 13, 2015

An Arkansas House committee has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to reinstate a voter identification law. The committee on Friday advanced five proposals to a joint committee that will consider which ones should be placed on the 2016 ballot.

One proposal would reinstate the voter ID requirement that the state Supreme Court found unconstitutional in October. Other forwarded proposals would allow a candidate who is unopposed to take office without appearing on the ballot and another would roll back a requirement that prevents people convicted of certain crimes from holding elected office.

Lawmakers also endorsed a proposal to end the election of state Supreme Court justices and instead let the governor appoint them. A senate panel on Thursday referred about a dozen proposals to the joint committee.