Skip to comments.Arkansas judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional
Posted on 05/02/2014 6:38:07 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
(Reuters--LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas--An Arkansas judge ruled unconstitutional for the second time in about a week a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID, but said on Friday there was not enough time to prevent officials from applying the law at primary elections this month.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox said he was staying his order because to do otherwise would create "turmoil" in thousands of precincts. Last week, he said the law was "void and unenforceable."
Nearly three dozen U.S. states have voter identification measures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Many Republicans have maintained that the laws are aimed at preventing voter fraud, but several Democrats dismiss the claim, saying no such problem exists and the measures are actually a way of trying to prevent low-income people and minorities, who typically vote for the Democrats, from casting ballots.
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I am so sick of this. Do I not have to show my ID when I fly or apply for anything?
They’re on quite the roll in states where the democrat is in trouble aren’t they?
Not whether it was constitutional or legal.
If it is unconstitutional to require photo ID to vote, it must be unconstitutional to require photo ID for everything.
The worst part about such rulings is that they are so transparent about the fact that they are promoting voter fraud.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a judge who won’t disenfranchise voters by allowing anonymous multiple voting?
So, according to these “judge” BUFFOONS, it is “unconstitutional” for ANYONE to ever ask me for an I.D. for anything. EVER!
Do you need a photo ID to contract a same-sex marriage? That is the kind of issue that preoccupies our judiciary today.
Around here, you can’t even sell scrap metal or aluminum cans without a valid photo ID
A judge is just a lawyer with too much power.
I’m not as up on this topic as most Freepers,and I have one question.
How do IDs prevent low income people and minorities from voting? Are they stupid? Are the IDs very expensive?
Aren’t the individual states required to run the elections in their state, to make sure that only registered voters take part, and that the election process remains something that the populace can have faith in?
How then is this relegated to the states usurping their authority.
...and a political agenda.
Who bought him/her off?
Was this A$$H*LE a”Slick Willie”,”Jim Guy”,or”HuckYourBee”Appointee??????????????
The parasite class SHOULD be disenfranchised.
The CLASS WAR is on,and our side is not even mobilized.
More black robed nannies. Minorities, the poor and the disenfranchised need to be babied. They simply cannot be trusted with their own lives or left to their own devices.
They’re too stupid and scared to get an id, but smart enough to vote for Democrats.
Is it “Constitutional” for people that aren’t citizens of this country to vote. Is it “Constitutional” for a person to vote multiple times? These are the people they are protecting. Illegal voting.
Low-income people have to show a photo ID to get into this d!ckwad’s court house. What a racist!
The ruling is bogus and without merit. Arkansas should just ignore it. Period.
So this judge believes the framers of the constitution would not want to make sure that only US citizens voted. BS.
They dont prevent them from voting. they prevent them from cheating and that is why the dems are against them..
In 2008 the Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indianas strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.
The law is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process, Justice John Paul Stevens said in an opinion that was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. Stevens was a dissenter in Bush v. Gore in 2000.
Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also agreed with the outcome, but wrote separately.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented, just as they did in 2000.
yes to the first question Brad
and No, to the second question.
My question is, how do low income people get food stamps or other types of aid. Can I get food stamps? My name is Barack Obama. Yes, I am a 62 year old blond woman. Really it is me. Sorry, no ID.
None of the above. According to Wikipedia “Timothy Davis Fox is the elected Circuit Judge of the Sixth Division of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Arkansas.”
Time to start showing up at demorat functions and refusing to show id to get in.
I bought some of that canned compressed air, you know to clean out your computer keyboard or whatever.....yes, I had to show ID to prove I was over 18
It’s ok to require ID for primaries, but the general elections? Oh no! Dims can’t win without an overwhelming margin of fraud!
2. Apparently so.
Then it’s settled law as they say.
That ahole needs a good bitch slap. And an impeachment.
I hope to live to see the day when a Governor politely tells a federal or state judge “NO” on one of these arbitrary unconstitutional rulings, the state legislature backs the Governor, and the people of the state strongly back their elected representatives. It is the only way the despotism of the black robed tyrants can be stopped.
Please, PLEASE do not get the impression that minorities do not know how or can’t afford valid identification. This myth hasn’t been proven anywhere, and is never presented in court scientifically. This is the official ‘excuse’ not to have voter ID.
Do not blame the minorities for this, as I always suspect those in minority area are prime victims of vote fraud, or should I say, it commonly take place in those area. Since everyone assume they all vote democrat anyway,. why bother counting or even having good poll workers there.
States should simply these ruling and force an ID check anyway, stating before hand that:
“...ID’s of all persons voting will be checked as part of an ongoing investigation in vote-fraud across the state..”
See how easy that is? You see, if there were say - money or state tax fraud going on, there’d be no hesitation to walk into a place, and ask everyone for ID.
So why can’t it be done on election day?
The problem is not the judge’s ruling; it’s that we give that ruling any respect whatsoever.
So why not make asking for ID when you fly, drive or get a bee illegal This judge is a fool.
Low income people spend $ on booz, cable TV & cancer sticks so they can obviously afford an ID!
so gestapo oficers can demand id anytime, but we can’t demand voters to confirm they are who they claim to be to help keep voter integrity and ensure the vote is legitimate.
Every ID law is going to be struck down so the Democrats have a chance in the midterms.
So, why is this even an issue anymore. Are these judges just ignoring legal precedent?
All RIGHT! Tell that gay judge to strike DOWN the picture ID for gun purchases, too. Same principle!
I can relate an experience with my oldest son, who is mildly mentally impaired. Recently he lost his SS card, went down to SS office to get another one. He had his birth certificate with him, but no picture ID. He was told he needed something with a picture Id with his birth day and something with his SS# on it in order to get a new card. He can’t get a State ID without his SS card- he had lost, misplaced, had his State ID’s stolen over the years. He wanted to get another State ID. However, there is a limit on how many State ID’s you can get and SS cards you can get over your life time. SS card is 10 max.
Long story, but the guy at SS office said I have his printout showing all his information; his Aunt said, can you give that to us so we can take down to DMV- he said no, we use to do that but folks were never going to DMV. They would take the printout and sell it and make fake ID’s.
He finally did get his SS card after he took his bus ID card down to SS office.
For homeless folks, mentally impaired, people who move a lot(my son, who gets taken advantage of due to his SSDI money), they tend to get their ID’s, SS cards, Birth certificates stolen, lost, a lot.
I never had a clear picture of what they go through to get an ID until it happened with my son.
One has to show a photo ID to take Concord (NH) Trailways buses to/from Boston.
Maybe lots of people should file frivolous lawsuits when asking for ID for other things.
It is time to SUE, SUE, SUE on EVERYTHING that requires a photo ID and FLOOD the court system with cases...
If you don’t have to shown an ID to vote, then you shouldn’t have to prove who you are for ANYTHING else...
That’s how important it is...
GA has a Voter ID law...
State issued ID’s are FREE for voting! You just have to get to the local DMV to get it...
Actually, that doesn't matter -- even if they cost two cents, it would be a poll tax and thus unconstitutional. There would have to be at least one free-of-charge option.
Why not stick the Second Amendment in the judge's face. In most states, governments charge a fee, require photo ID licensing, and restrict places for carrying. What about all those poor people?