Voter ID Lawsuit

Voter ID

Little Rock resident Barry Haas on Wednesday (Feb. 7) filed another lawsuit in Pulaski County asking the court to halt and reverse new Voter ID restrictions approved by the legislature nearly a year ago that are similar to proposals struck down by the state Supreme Court in 2014.

The case, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Secretary of State Mark Martin and the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners, asks the court for a preliminary injunction to challenge the constitutionality of Act 633 of 2017 that would require Arkansas citizens to verify their voter registration in upcoming elections in 2018.

In a similar lawsuit brought by Haas in 2014, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ruled that Act 595 approved by Legislature in 2013 was unconstitutional because it added extra requirements to be an eligible voter, specifically production of state-approved Voter IDs. The lower court declared that 2013 legislative void and unenforceable, and it was later unanimously affirmed by the state’s high court. Still, about 1,200 ballots were not counted in 2014 because of the law.    MORE

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