Arkansas Supreme Court Says State Can Enforce Voter ID Law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court says the state can enforce a voter ID law in the May 22 primary despite a judge declaring the measure unconstitutional.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday granted the state’s request to halt a Pulaski County judge’s ruling blocking the law’s enforcement before the May 22 primary. Early voting for the primary begins Monday.

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. The lawsuit challenging the 2017 law was filed by a Little Rock voter who was among the four people who sued over the previous photo ID requirement.