The Arkansas House voted 52-45 Monday to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of SB2, the Voter ID bill. The state Senate voted March 27 to override the veto. (Follow the linked text above and click SB2 in the index below the video to hear the arguments and see the vote.)
Beebe vetoed SB2 on March 25, saying he believes the bill “unnecessarily restricts and impairs our citizens’ right to vote” and is an “expensive solution in search of a problem.”
Arkansas law requires poll workers to ask voters for identification but voters may cast a ballot if they don’t have a valid form of identification. The proposed legislation would require the state to make voter ID cards for registered voters who do not have valid identification. The cost to produce the cards is estimated to be around $300,000.
The bill takes effect January, 2014 if the legislature appropriates the money to produce the cards.