Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voter suppression reports; Prosecutor Jegley weighs in

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

A steady stream of complaints continue from voters who say election officials around Arkansas demanded a photo ID before they could vote today. Make your complaints known so it can be corrected.

The law requires election officials to ask your identity — name, age address. But they may NOT require a photo ID. That's unconstitutional.

But still reports come in that high-handed officials are requiring the photo ID and performing checks of driver licenses against voter books, which also is not allowed. This is not universal at all polls. Some have gotten the word.

But particularly unsettling was a report from Saline County of a voter denied a ballot when an ID wasn't produced and an election worker who reportedly said that poll was acting on advice from the secretary of state's office that it was up to counties if they wanted to demand an ID. That is NOT the law. I hope Secretary of State Mark Martin, defendant in the suit that struck down the ID law, isn't offering that advice. But he's been a supporter of suppression all along. His office won't answer questions about the erroneous rule it has enforced that requires counties to demand ID from voters who've transferred residency from one county to another.

Had a problem? Willing to provide specifics?

Call the ACLU hotline. Or send an email to Holly Dickson, the ACLU counsel. Contempt of the law will not stand. Her email — holly@arkansasaclu.org

That hotline number: 

 1-866-687-8683

UPDATE: Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley, who worked in years past with Tom Glaze on his election reform efforts and has a passionate interest in the topic, says he's been receiving scattered reports of questionable practices at the polls. If reports of improper handling of voters develop, he said he was prepared to call a special Grand Jury to elect into it.

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