Centerton Man Helps Local Homeless Woman Obtain ID to Vote


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — On Monday night during a election special on the voter ID ballot issue, we brought you the story of a Fayetteville woman who had her ID stolen a month ago. One viewer is lending a hand after being touched by her story.

Cynthia Palmer is homeless, does not have a car, and can not afford to buy another ID.

Moments after KNWA broke down issue number two on the ballot, including palmer’s personal struggle with obtaining an ID, a man from Centerton called in asking for Palmer’s information so that he could help her in any way possible.

On Tuesday afternoon, Joshua Blau paid a visit to 7Hills Homeless Center where Palmer is staying, and offered her transportation and the money to obtain a form of ID.

He says he’s been in her shoes and wanted her to know that support is coming.

“It was her comment, if you don’t have — $5 can seem like a million dollars, and it absolutely can. I’m a single dad raising my two kids from birth and sometimes five dollars seems like a miracle…I wanted to reach out and try to help,” Blau said.

Blau is also helping palmer locate secondary documents to get an ID, including her medical history records and a letter from DHS saying she has Medicaid.

Blau says he will continue to help  palmer until she has an ID in her hand.

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office says under the new voter ID law, county clerk’s offices can provide a free photo identification card to those who don’t have one. 

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