County clerk hopes to see voter ID decision before early voting

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Just over a week before early voting starts for the primary election, an Arkansas judge has blocked the state's voter ID law.

It is already being appealed by the Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in motions filed Friday to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Right now, county clerks are prohibited from enforcing the identification requirement, but the case is still developing and could change again before voting begins.

"We're kind of in a limbo phase on exactly what that's going to mean," Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said. "As of right now, that means that voter ID requirements will be the same as they have been in previous elections where voters will be asked to present an ID but are not required to. They can answer additional questions to prove their identity to still be able to vote."

Holliday said he hopes to hear a ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court within the next week on if the ID requirement will be in place.

Early voting for the primary election begins Monday, May 7.

Election day is Tuesday, May 22.

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