The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has received numerous complaints from voters who say poll workers "quizzed" them about the information on their IDs, one of the organization's officials told TPM on Wednesday.Talking Points notes the many problems cited here last night and today.
"It's not one or two specific locations, we're hearing about it in various locations around the state," Holly Dickson, legal director at ACLU of Arkansas, said in an interview. "There may have been a coordinated effort to have poll workers enforce the law this way — that remains to be seen, of course."
Justin Clay, the director of Arkansas' Board of Election Commissioners, told TPM on Wednesday morning his agency had not yet received any complaints about the issue.
"I can tell you that poll workers, from our perspective anyway, poll workers were trained on the correct process," Clay said.
One of my friends had trouble voting with a valid ID. She moved to Hillcrest from WLR 3 years ago and her address on her driver's license didn't match her address in Hillcrest where she had registered. She had no problem voting when living here in 2012 (with an address that didn't match her DL) but did today.
She stood her ground and they allowed her to vote, apparently because they didn't want a ruckus. Others likely would've walked away, especially since this was a primary.
This new GOP law has nothing to do with a picture ID. She presented it. They verified her identity but then questioned why her ID wasn't the same as her precinct she registered to vote in (driver's licenses are issued every 4 years and people move in that time span).
This was a primary and few turned out. Can you imagine how many voters will be turned away on a technicality like my friend faced in 2016 when Hillary is on the ballot? She presented a picture ID and was still questioned!
Dickson said her organization — which is currently challenging the constitutionality of the voter ID law in state courts — began getting the complaints earlier this month, after early voting began. The "inconsistencies" under the new law, she said, were "interfering with people's constitutional right to vote."
"Within the last week we started receiving complaints from voters about vehement enforcement … from poll workers," she said. "We've been encouraging them to file complaints with the Arkansas state Board of Elections.