Arkansas Eyes Voter ID Law

Published 03/20 2013 04:00PM

Updated 03/20 2013 04:03PM

(KARK)  A hotly debated voter ID bill is one step closer to becoming law in Arkansas.

Senate Bill 2 would require voters present a photo ID at the polls, this bill more than any other has split Republicans and Democrats. Supporters say it'll help prevent fraud during elections.  But those opposed, including local civil rights activists say the bill is a step backward and worry it'll stop some people from voting altogether. 

"I don't care how tired we are from hearing from people like me.  It's nothing compared to how tired people were when they waited all those years to vote without the impediments," State Senator Joyce Elliot said to her colleagues.

Supporters, who are in the majority, say it was crafted to weed out potential election fraud, not voters.

"If I thought this particular bill would do what you're saying I would be against it completely," State Senator Jason Rapert said during hearings.

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