Arkansas Officials Ask Court To Keep Voter ID Law In Place

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials are asking the state’s highest court to allow them to enforce a voter ID law in the May 22 primary despite a judge blocking the measure and calling it unconstitutional.

Secretary of State Mark Martin asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to put on hold a Pulaski County judge’s ruling preventing the state from enforcing the 2017 law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Martin asked the high court for a ruling by noon Friday, noting that early voting for the primary begins May 7.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray last week sided with a voter who said the new law circumvents a 2014 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that struck down a previous voter ID measure.