LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state judge is allowing the Arkansas Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under a new voter ID law.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox granted the party's request Monday to help defend the state Board of Election Commissioners over a rule giving more time to absentee voters who don't submit copies of their photo IDs with their absentee ballots.
The Pulaski County Election Commission claimed in a lawsuit last month that the state panel overstepped its bounds with the new rule.
Fox said he hopes to handle the case quickly and gave both sides a Friday deadline to file motions for summary judgment and an April 23 deadline to file replies to the motions.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.