At least 2,500 eligible voters were able to cast valid ballots in the 2020 election using an option HB 1112 would take away

LITTLE ROCK – The ACLU of Arkansas released an analysis today showing that new voting restrictions being considered by the Arkansas General Assembly would disenfranchise thousands of Arkansas voters who lack a government-issued photo ID. House Bill 1112 would take away the ability of voters who lack a photo ID to cast a provisional ballot after signing a sworn affidavit attesting to their identity. In the November 2020 election, at least 2,577 eligible voters were able to cast a ballot that was validated and counted using this option.

In response to public records requests, the ACLU of Arkansas has obtained information from more than 60 counties and identified more than 2,577 instances where eligible voters who lacked a photo ID but were able to cast a ballot that counted by signing an affidavit. Previous studies have shown that voters of color, elderly voters, and those who are low-income are more likely to lack a government-issued photo ID.

“For our elections to be truly free and fair, every eligible voter must have equal access to the ballot – but this bill would prevent thousands of eligible voters from exercising their right to vote,” said Holly Dickson, ACLU of Arkansas executive director. “We all want safe and secure elections, but disenfranchising low-income and elderly voters and voters of color will only undermine the democratic process. Again, no one has identified any Arkansas voter alleged to have done anything unlawful by voting or trying to vote without a photo ID. We urge the state Senate to reject this harmful bill and work together on solutions that will safeguard and elections and strengthen our democracy – not undermine it.” 

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