RISON – While the legal battle over the state’s new voter identification law is ongoing, Cleveland County Clerk Sharon Gray wanted to remind voters that a stay has been granted in the case and voters will still be required to present some form of photo I.D. when they vote.
The law was approved by the state legislature last year and is being implemented statewide for the first time during the May 20 primary election.
Gray said that any voter who does not have identification can still vote but will have to use a paper provisional ballot. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office issued the following regarding the use of provisional ballots: “The provisional ballot will be counted if the voter returns to the county clerk or county election commission by noon the Monday after the election with either proof of identity or an affidavit swearing the voter has no photo I.D. because of indigence or a religious objection to being photographed.”
The following from the Secretary of State’s office providews some general guidelines concerning the new voter ID law:
What is acceptable I.D.?
- Driver’s license
- Photo identification card
- Concealed handgun carry license
- U.S. passport
- State or federal government employee identification
- U.S. military identification
- I.D. card from an accredited post-secondary institution in Arkansas
- Public assistance I.D. card
Who can get a photo I.D.?
Registered voters who have no other form of photo I.D. Those who will be 18 by the next election and have submitted a voter registration application, but have no form of photo I.D.
How do I get a free photo I.D.?
Go to your county clerk’s office. You will be required to complete an application and sign an oath, swearing you do not have any kind of photo identification. You must also provide certain information to the clerk:
- A photo or non-photo identity document including full legal name and date of birth
- Documentation of name and residential address
- Evidence of registration or proof of application to register to vote
- Completed Application and Oath for Voter Identification Card form
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