by Max Brantley
Dear County Clerks, Election Commissioners, and Election Coordinators,
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Act 595 of 2013 (the Voter ID Act) to be unconstitutional. Procedures for processing voters will revert back to the same procedures used prior to January 1, 2014. Most notably, these changes require all poll workers to ask voters to provide identification. However, unless otherwise noted on the poll book, voters are not required to provide identification in order to vote a regular ballot. Attached are replacement pages to the 2014 Poll Worker Training Guide that may be used to replace the procedures made inapplicable by the court’s decision. Please feel free to use these replacement pages with any materials that are already in place for early voting or election day.
The identification requirements for absentee ballots under Act 595 are also inapplicable as a result of the court’s decision. Replacement pages regarding absentee procedures will be forthcoming early next week.