High court receives arguments in voter ID case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State and local election officials are sparring in court filings over whether Arkansas' new voter ID law violates the state's constitution.

Attorneys for the state Board of Election Commissioners and the Pulaski County Election Commission filed briefs with the state Supreme Court on Friday in the appeal of a judge's voiding the law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The attorney general's office, representing the state board, said the law protects the integrity of the ballot. The Pulaski County Election Commission said Circuit Judge Tim Fox was correct in saying the law adds a new requirement for voters.

Fox issued the ruling in a case that had focused on how absentee ballots are handled under the law. The high court has stayed Fox's ruling.

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