UPDATE: Ark. House Speaker says he's reviewing voter ID
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's reviewing constitutional concerns that have been raised about a bill to require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.
Carter said Monday that some lawmakers told him they plan to object to the bill on the grounds that it failed to capture a two-thirds majority of votes - 24 votes - when it passed the Senate on a 23-12 vote last month.
The opponents say a supermajority is required because the voter ID bill would change the state's permanent voter registration system established under Amendment 51 of the Arkansas Constitution.
Carter says the House won't vote on the bill Monday. He says he's evaluating the legal issues and expects the House to take some action on the measure on Tuesday.COMPLETE COVERAGEArk. Senate panel advances voter ID bill (Feb. 14)Arkansas Senate approves voter ID legislation (Feb. 20)Ark. House panel delays voter ID bill (Feb. 27)Ark. House panel advances voter ID bill (March 6)Ark. House Speaker says he's reviewing voter ID (March 11)Voter ID bill hits a roadblock (March 12)Ark. panel looks at dispute over voter ID bill (March 13)Ark. Senate delays vote on voter ID requirement (March 18)Ark. AG not sure of result if voter ID bill challenged (March 25)Gov. Beebe vetoes voter ID bill (March 25)Arkansas Senate to take up override of voter ID bill (March 27)House overrides governor's veto of voter ID bill (April 1)