LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Monday afternoon to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.
The House vote was 52 - 45. The Senate voted to override Beebe's veto last week, so the bill will now become law.
The Republican Party of Arkansas' chairperson Doyle Webb issued a reaction to the vote as soon as it was cast. That full statement read:"We are proud that both the Arkansas House and Senate have now overridden this veto. Recent surveys reveal that nearly 80% of Americans back this commonsense measure to ensure that our elections are fair and safe, and Arkansans will be well-served by this new electoral safeguard."
The House override came exactly one week after Beebe, a Democrat, cast his veto saying it was an expensive solution to a problem that didn't exist. He noted that Arkansas law already requires poll workers to ask voters to show identification. However, that current law still allows voters to cast a ballot if they don't show an ID.
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