Ark. AG not sure of result if Voter ID challenged

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas' attorney general says he cannot say for sure whether the Voter ID law would survive a court challenge, should the legislature override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.

The Legislature has passed a bill last week that would require voters to show an identification card at the polls.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel released an opinion Monday saying he cannot predict whether a court would reject the law on grounds that it imposes a new condition on voter eligibility. McDaniel said, however, that a challenge based on the right of suffrage would likely fail since Arkansas lawmakers would make ID cards available to people who don't currently have them.

Beebe has said he wants to explore McDaniel's opinion before acting on the bill.

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