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      State Republican party to make announcement on voter ID bill

      The Republican Party of Arkansas will make an announcement Thursday morning regarding the new voter identification law.

      The legislation requires voters to show voter identification before casting a ballot. It also requires the state to provide free photo identification to those who do not have one. It will cost the state an estimated $300,000.

      The requirement will not take effect until there is funding for the identification or until January 2014, whichever occurs last.

      The GOP announcement is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Republican Part of Arkansas on 1201 West 6th Street in Little Rock.

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