Ark. GOP preparing education campaign on voter ID

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Republican Party of Arkansas says it's preparing an education campaign for voters to inform them of a state law that will require them to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

State GOP officials on Thursday announced they're preparing to launch a program titled "Operation Vote Arkansas" once the new voter ID law takes effect. The Republican-led Legislature on Monday completed an override of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill, enacting the new restriction.

The new restriction won't take effect until January or when funding is available for the state to provide free photo IDs required under the law, whichever is later. Secretary of State Mark Martin said he believed his office would have the $300,000 necessary for equipment for the IDs by January.

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