Arkansas defends info request in voter ID case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas secretary of state's office is defending its efforts to determine whether the plaintiffs challenging a voter ID law have received government benefits, saying recipients for those services often have to prove their identity.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Monday asked a judge to deny a request to quash the subpoenas regarding the voters challenging the new law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center have sued the state, calling the law unconstitutional.

Judge Tim Fox has struck down the law in a separate case, but that ruling is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Martin's office said it was not seeking health information about the plaintiffs or the amount of aid they've received.

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