Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law
The lawsuit argues the requirement causes the same problems as a nearly identical law that was struck down four years ago.
LITTLE ROCK — A lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new voter ID law has been filed, arguing the requirement causes the same problems as a nearly identical law that was struck down four years ago.
The lawsuit filed by a voter in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Wednesday is challenging the measure's constitutionality ahead of the state's May 22 primary. Early voting for the primary begins May 7.
Barry Haas, a Little Rock resident who is suing the state over the measure, was one of the four plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to Arkansas' previous voter ID law being struck down in 2014. An attorney for Haas said lawmakers are trying to circumvent that ruling by amending a portion of the state's constitution dealing with voter registration.
Act 633 of 2017 requires poll workers to ask voters for photo identification before voting; those without valid identification must sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot, which would be certified later by county election officials.