Arkansas became the fourth state where a voter ID law was voided by courts when a county judge ruled yesterday that it violated the state’s constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox declared the law “unenforceable,” due to complicated ID requirements around absentee ballots that Fox said did not have legal backing. The voter ID law was scheduled to go into full effect on May 5.
Three other states – Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas – have had voter ID laws struck down. Courts allowed voter ID laws to fly in Georgia and South Carolina, but only after significant modifications to those laws at the courts behest. Indiana’s voter ID law survived only after reaching all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court for validation.
Wisconsin is presently awaiting a court decision on its voter ID law, while trials are revving up in North Carolina and Texas (again) for those states’ laws.
In Arkansas, the American Civil Liberties Union also had a separate lawsuit out against the voter ID law, noting how 10 percent of citizens there lacked ID, and how the state didin’t provide help for compliance by offering transportation or fetching necessary documents. The ACLU chapter is good with yesterday’s ruling, though.
“The important thing is it indicates voters will be able to vote,” says Arkansas ACLU legal director Holly Dickson. “It matters not which suit as long as voters will be able to vote.”