AR Supreme Court rules state can enforce voter ID law

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has granted a request from Secretary of State Mark Martin for a stay in the voter ID law case. 

That means poll workers can ask voters for identification in the upcoming election before giving them access to a ballot.

“We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision. Election officials across the state are continuing to prepare for the start of the early voting on Monday. We now have clear direction from the Court that the law we have been operating under since last August remains in effect for the Primary Election, until further orders from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s prompt attention to this matter, on an emergency basis, gives the County Clerks and County Boards of Election Commissioners reassurance that the year-long preparations for the election have not been wasted,” Martin said after learning of the ASC decision on Wednesday.

The Stay comes two days after Secretary Martin made the request of the high court following an injunction issued last week by a Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge calling the law unconstitutional.

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