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May 21, 2014 12:41 PM Just Send a Staffer For that Voter ID

By Ed Kilgore

Gotta love this AP report from Arkansas’ primary yesterday:

Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville on Monday. Olson says a staffer was able to retrieve the ID and bring it to Hutchinson so he could vote.
This election marks the first statewide test of the law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. A state judge has ruled the measure unconstitutional, but suspended his ruling and said he won’t prevent enforcement of the law during the primary.

Hutchison, of course, is the Republican nominee for Governor of Arkansas, and a supporter of the voter ID law.

We can thank him for this illustration of how voters should cope with the new requirement if they forget their ID. Ain’t no thang. Just send your staff to retrieve it.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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