Voter ID Rules Take Shape

Transient Population Presents Problems

Posted: August 4, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Laura Shepard-Johnson, field technician withe the Washington County Election Commission sets Springdale High School Carlos Arellano, 16, Thursday, April 11, 2013 with an electronic voting machine at the school in Springdale. The comission partenered with the school to show the students what a modern election is like by providing the electronic voting machines, requiring voter registration before election and having students only voted for the grade level.

Arkansas’ voter identification law passed after a bitter debate on whether it will discourage voting by minorities and the elderly. The group most likely to run into problems, though, are people of any background who have changed address, election officials said.

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Valid Voter ID

The state will decide what constitutes a valid voter identification this month. Proposed rules exempt nursing home residents, whose votes would be accepted if the administrator of the home they are in files the proper documents. The nature of those documents is still under discussion.

For everybody else, the list includes:

• An Arkansas driver’s license, either current or expired for less than four years

• Another form of government-issued photo identification card

• An Arkansas concealed handgun carry license

• A U.S. passport

• An employer-issued identification badge or document

• A U.S. military identification document

• A student identification card issued by an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Arkansas

• A public assistance identification card

• If none of these documents apply but the voter is known to be a valid voter by the county clerk, the clerk may issue a voter ID on her authority

Source: Staff Report

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