Arkansas judge voids state Voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state judge has struck down Arkansas' voter ID law, saying it illegally adds a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.

In a decision Thursday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox declared the 2013 law void and unenforceable.

Early voting for the 2014 primary opens in 10 days.

Fox was asked to review the law after questions were raised over how absentee ballots should be handled. He said that upon reading the whole law, he found that none of it was valid.

A separate suit was filed last week challenging the entire law.

Republicans backed the law last year and overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. They said the law was necessary to eliminate voter fraud; Democrats said it was an attempt to disenfranchise voters.

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