Photo Voter ID Preps
Once the legislature voted to override Governor Beebe's veto, it became clear that "Photo Voter ID" would be the law of the land in Arkansas moving forward.
Starting next year, you'll be asked for a photo ID when you show up at the polls.
But the details regarding what happens after that are still being worked out.
Arkansas' law is very similar to a voter id law passed by Indiana in 2005...a law upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008.
That is why there is little doubt that the law is here to stay.
Implementing the law correctly is now in the hands of county election commissions.
The group of individuals that oversees those groups is the State Board of Election Commissioners.
It met on Wednesday to discuss implementing the new voter ID law, which includes developing poll worker training, rules on poll watchers, vote challenges and provisional voting and recruiting more election monitors.
Lots to do in the upcoming year...but the main thing citizens need to know is...how will voting be different in the next election when compared to the last election?
We asked Tim Humphries, who serves as legal counsel for the State Board of Election Commissioners.
"When you went to vote last in 2012 you were asked to show your ID but if you didn't have it with you could still cast a regular ballot," says Humphries. "It didn't have to be provisional."
A driver's license will be the most common form of id presented to poll workers.
But a photo ID card, U.S. passport, concealed handgun license, student ID card, or public assistance card are some of the other acceptable forms of photo ID.
Also, the Secretary of State's office will be required to produce free voter ID cards for those who request one.
"Vote without a photo ID and you will be casting a provisional ballot," says Humphries.
"It is sent to the election commission and then the voter will have until the Monday after the election...noon on Monday after the election...to bring their ID to the election commission or their county clerk," says Humphries.
After Kansas implemented a voter photo ID law last year less than one percent of all voters had to cast a provisional ballot because voters lacked the necessary photo ID.
Still, that was about 700 unhappy voters.
Developing guidelines to deal with those situations is part of the preparation currently underway.
Air date: June 19th, 2013