Arkansas Voter ID

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Arkansas lawmakers have approved a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, sending to the governor's desk a requirement that was struck down as unconstitutional more than two years ago.

The House had already approved a previous version of the legislation. On Monday, it signed off on changes added by the Senate that allow voters without identification to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a sworn statement.

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The Arkansas House has passed a resolution that, if approved by voters, would require residents to present photographic identification in order to vote.

A proposed constitutional amendment by Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum would also require the state to issue IDs at no charge to eligible voters if they don't already have one.

Lundstrum says the measure approved by the House on Thursday will help ensure voter security at the ballot.

It’s now up to the Arkansas Supreme Court to decide whether voters will have to show photo identification at the polls next month.

On Thursday, justices heard oral arguments in an appeal of a case that challenged the law passed last year by the Republican-led Legislature.

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Arkansas' highest court is set to take up a case this week that could decide whether the state's voters will be required to show photo identification at the polls in the November election.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the lawsuit over Arkansas' voter ID law, which took effect in January. With a U.S. Senate race that could determine which party controls that chamber, how the court rules could have national implications.

Here's what to know about the state's voter ID law, and the case before the Supreme Court:

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the secretary of state's office will argue for upholding the state's voter ID law when the case goes before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

McDaniel on Wednesday announced that he agreed to yield the argument time to Secretary of State Mark Martin's office. Justices are set to hear oral arguments in the case Oct. 2.

McDaniel, a Democrat, represents the state Board of Election Commissioners in the case. Martin is a Republican.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking the state's highest court to uphold a judge's ruling that Arkansas' new voter identification law is unconstitutional.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin had appealed the ruling from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who struck down the law in May but put his decision on hold pending an appeal.

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A civil liberties group is asking an Arkansas judge to block the state from enforcing its voter ID law, saying more than 1,000 people were disenfranchised during last month's primary election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Tuesday to lift the stay on his ruling last month that it was unconstitutional to require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Fox had stayed his ruling, allowing the requirement to stay in place during the May 20 primary and June 10 runoff election.

Authorities are investigating after at least two vandals caused $60,000 in damage to the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Airport manager Michelle Anthony says surveillance video captured the vandalism Saturday night. The video shows two ATVs entering airport property late Saturday. Over the course of an hour, the ATVs circled the runway, destroying at least nine runway lights and two signs.

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An Arkansas judge has again found the state's new voter ID law to be unconstitutional, but a photo identification will still be needed for this month's primary election.

Judge Tim Fox held a hearing Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court concerning a second challenge to law, this one from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Law Center.