- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - In a unanimous ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court found that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional.

The high court said Wednesday that Arkansas’ Constitution lists four requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of the United States and Arkansas, be at least 18 years old and be lawfully registered. The ruling said anything beyond that is a new requirement to vote and therefore unconstitutional.

The ruling said the qualifications in the Arkansas Constitution “simply do not include any proof-of-identity requirement.”

The opinion was written by associate justice Donald Corbin.

In a concurring opinion, associate justices Courtney Hudson Goodson, Josephine Hart and Karen Baker agreed the law should be struck down, but said so because the Legislature didn’t approve it with a two-thirds majority.


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