State Rep. Presents New Voter I.D. Bill


(via KARK) — A new bill would require Arkansans to show proof that they are a registered voter at the polling booths.  
House Bill 1047, which would serve as a modification to Amendment 51 of the Arkansas Constitution, was written by Representative Mark Lowery.
Amendment 51 currently outlines the statements that are included on a voter registration application form. HB 1047 would add to those statements that “applicants will be required to verify their registration when voting in person or by absentee ballot by providing a required document or identification card…”
The Bill outlines its purpose as a way to determine that all who cast their ballots in the state of Arkansas are legally qualified to vote in that election.
The Bill states that the voter would need to show a document or ID card that:

  •     Shows the name of the person to whom the document or ID card was issued
  •     Shows a picture of the person to whom the document or ID card was issued
  •     Is issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas or an accredited Arkansas post-secondary educational institution
  •     Is not expired

These documents could include a:

  •     Driver’s license
  •     Photo ID card
  •     Concealed carry license
  •     U.S. passport
  •     Work document or employee badge
  •     U.S. Military ID

When voting absentee, the voter would need to submit a copy of the document or ID card along with his or her ballot.

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