Election workers still don't get it on new ID law | Arkansas Blog

Friday, June 6, 2014

Election workers still don't get it on new ID law

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Further proof that the new Voter ID law is being misapplied and that the people in charge — from secretary of state on down — have done little about it.

To repeat: Multiple readers from across Arkansas told us in detail after the primary that election officials were using the required photo ID for a purpose not allowed by law. They were checking information on the photo ID (meant only for facial identification) to match against address and birthdate information on voter rolls. That is NOT supposed to happen. A voter is supposed to be asked questions about address verbally and, if there are discrepancies, a provisional ballot may be cast. The photo ID is only for facial identification.

The state Board of Election Commissioners, headed by Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin, has evinced little interest in this widespread problem. The same for Republican lawmakers who pushed the law as a vote suppression tool. Given the pittance that the legislature provided and Mark Martin has spent on education about the new law, it's unsurprising that the process is being abused.

It's still going on. A reader from Saline County who had problems in the primary reports on an early voting experience:

I'm writing in case you're still interested in whether or not voters are being asked to produce an ID first and have their information checked against it. I early voted in Saline County this morning and was first asked to produce my ID. When I asked if I was not supposed to provide my name, address, and birthdate first, the poll worker was adamant about my ID until a fellow worker just stated "oh, just ask him for his name." I provided my ID and was asked for my birthdate and address while the worker kept her eyes on my ID.

Obviously, it doesn't make any difference when my ID is produced, but it is slightly disconcerting that the poll workers do not know the process that I saw reported by multiple news sources two weeks ago

No, it doesn't matter when the ID is produced. Given the new requirement, it even hastens the process to produce it first. But that ID is NOT supposed to be checked by election workers and compared with voter rolls.

If anyone has trouble getting or casting a ballot as a result of questions about mismatches between voter roll information and photo ID, please drop me — or the ACLU — a line. It's illegal.

Tags: ,


Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Feds bust Central Arkansas drug ring

    The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today the indictment of 31 people on 53 drug, gun and money laundering charges in a Central Arkansas drug distribution operation supplied from California.
    • Sep 20, 2018
  • Six Supreme Court justices found to have violated ethics code

    The Arkansas Judicial and Disability Commission has announced the filing of formal charges of ethics violations against six members of the Arkansas Supreme Court for their handling of a case involving Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.
    • Sep 20, 2018
  • Thursday's open line

    A light news day unless your name is Brett Kavanaugh. Here's the open line.
    • Sep 20, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • ADEQ denies C&H Hog Farm permit

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has denied a new permit for the C&H Hog Farms' concentrated animal feeding operation near Mount Judea (Newton County). This is a big and somewhat surprising victory for critics who have viewed C&H's large-scale pig farm and the pig waste it generates as an existential threat to the Buffalo National River.
    • Jan 10, 2018
  • The two cities of Little Rock: East/west, black/white

    The Little Rock City Board illustrated this week a community divided over public schools, another blow to the Little Rock School District and another illustration of the need for ward elections to the board.
    • Mar 23, 2017

Slideshows

Most Viewed

  • Six Supreme Court justices found to have violated ethics code

    The Arkansas Judicial and Disability Commission has announced the filing of formal charges of ethics violations against six members of the Arkansas Supreme Court for their handling of a case involving Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.
  • Clarke Tucker punches an absent French Hill in TV 'debate'

    Democratic state Rep. Clarke Tucker took full advantage of Republican incumbent Rep. French Hill's refusal to participate in a TV debate on Channel 7 last night with a series of jabs at Hill on policy issues and for avoiding debate.
  • Feds bust Central Arkansas drug ring

    The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today the indictment of 31 people on 53 drug, gun and money laundering charges in a Central Arkansas drug distribution operation supplied from California.
  • Blasey Ford prepared to testify, with conditions

    Christine Blasey Ford, who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, has said she's willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but not on Monday as Republicans have demanded.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation