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Effort to reinstate voter ID falls short in Arkansas Senate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An effort to revive an Arkansas voter ID law that was struck down by the state’s highest court has failed to pass the state Senate.

The Senate voted 20-8 in favor of the bill requiring voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot, short of the 24 needed to pass. The Senate did agree to allow the legislation to be brought up again later.

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a previous voter ID law in 2014 as unconstitutional. The bill is aimed at addressing a concern three of the court’s seven justices raised that the 2013 law didn’t pass with enough votes in the Legislature when it was enacted.

A separate proposal to put voter ID on the 2018 ballot is pending before the Senate.

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