One of the things that makes us American is the right to vote. The Arkansas Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's voter I.D. Law.
The law requires all of us to provide identification before we cast a ballot. A Pulaski County Judge says it amounts to a new qualification put on voters and violates the state's constitution. But, when we exercise our right to protest in a public street, we have to obtain a permit, or when we exercise our Freedom to work at any job for which we can qualify, some jobs like contractors and cosmetologists require licenses. These are rights we have as Americans, but they have qualifications.
I believe the voter ID law is the product of our progress as a society and an attempt to control voter fraud. Now, there are many people in our state who don't have any type of identification. Many people believe if they have to pay $5 for a state I.D. in order to vote, that means people are in essence, having to pay for the right to vote.
I believe the state should keep the Voter I.D. Law in place and make state issued I.D.'s free to those who need them. It will cut down on voter fraud and actually serve those who need a form of identification. Exercising our right to vote, helping people who need state issued I.D.'s get them at no cost to them, and keeping the voter I.D. law in place will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager