Arkansas Election Board Seeks Stay of Ruling


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a judge's ruling that found the state's new voter ID requirement as unconstitutional.

The board filed a request Monday asking justices to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's ruling that threw out the voter ID law, which the Legislature passed last year. Fox made the ruling in a case that focused on absentee ballots.

Early voting begins May 5 for the May 20 primary election.

The Republican Party of Arkansas also asked the court for a stay, claiming there's the potential for "irreparable harm and confusion" if a stay is not granted.

The Pulaski County Election Commission, which filed the original lawsuit, has not yet responded to the request for the stay.

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