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Arkansas lawmakers approve plan to reinstate voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers approved a measure Monday 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, which had already approved a previous version of the legislation, signed off on changes added by the Senate that allow voters without identification to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a sworn statement.

The Arkansas Legislature enacted a similar voter ID law in 2013, but the measure was struck by the state Supreme Court the following year.

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The bill was aimed at addressing some justices’ argument that the restriction needed two-thirds legislative approval.

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The legislation is one of two efforts by lawmakers to revive the voter ID requirement. Earlier this month, they voted to put a proposed constitutional amendment imposing the requirement on next year’s ballot.

Four of the justices who struck down the 2013 law are no longer on the court. The three justices who said the 2013 law didn’t get the two-thirds vote needed to change voter registration requirements remain on the court.

Associated Press