Saturday, November 01, 2014

180.2 - Good News: Voter suppression loses one

Good News: Voter suppression loses one

We have another bit of Good News, this one on another topic of concern here, that being voter ID laws - or, more accurately, voter suppression laws.

On October 16, The state Supreme Court of Arkansas struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, upholding a lower court ruling that determined the law unconstitutionally added a requirement for voting in violation of the state constitution.

The state constitution of Arkansas lists four specific requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of the US, a citizen of Arkansas, at least 18 years old, and be lawfully registered. Those requirements, the court ruled, quoting, "simply do not include any proof-of-identity requirement." Therefore, any such requirement cannot stand.

To what should be no one's surprise, the GOPpers, as they always do when they lose, whined and about unfair it all was: Sen. Bryan King, who sponsored the law, mewled about how he didn't believe the oral arguments before the court gave supporters of the law enough time to make their case. :sniffle:

King argued argued that a photo ID law would ensure the integrity of elections. But wait - the law was approved by the state's GOPper-led legislature, including overriding a veto by Gov. Mike Beebe. Is King suggesting that all those GOPpers came to office in elections that lacked integrity?

Of course not: In their minds, elections only lack integrity when right-wingers lose.

Voter suppression loses one: That is Good News.

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