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Arkansas court: Judge went too far on voter-ID ruling

Posted: May 14, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox (shown in file photo) on April 24, 2014, struck down Arkansas' voter ID law saying it illegally adds a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.

Justices on Wednesday vacated a Pulaski County judge's decision that the law violates Arkansas' constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox had struck down the law in a case that had focused on how absentee ballots are handled under the law, but justices stayed his ruling while they considered an appeal.

Justices said Fox didn't have the authority to strike down the law in the case focusing on absentee ballots.

Fox has also ruled the law unconstitutional in a separate case, but said he wouldn't block its enforcement during this month's primary. That ruling is also being appealed to the high court.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

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