Grading the Vote in Arkansas

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How easy is it to vote in Arkansas? If you look at a recent report by Common Cause, you might think it’s pretty hard. After all, Common Cause gave Arkansas mixed grades on registration and accessibility. But upon closer examination, Common Cause is apparently using a yardstick that has little or nothing to do with a better voting experience. One of this group’s problems with the Arkansas voting system is that the state should “expand opportunities to vote before Election Day.” Perhaps I’m a … [Read more...]

Steve Stephens On The Arkansas Judiciary

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Jackson “Steve” Stephens is a political powerhouse. He is chairman of the board of the Club for Growth – an organization that has been tremendously successful in forcing Republicans in Congress to stick to principles of lower taxes and limited government. Stephens was also the plaintiff in a recent lawsuit which attempted to block the statewide vote to hike the minimum wage. Shortly after the Supreme Court rejected Stephens’ suit to block the initiative, he responded with a statement ending with … [Read more...]

The State Supreme Court’s (Literally) Peculiar Decision

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Late yesterday afternoon, our state’s Supreme Court struck down the voter ID law that the Arkansas General Assembly passed last year. It is, in many respects, a very unusual decision. In Martin v. Kohls, a majority of Justices determined that Act 595 of 2013 would add an additional (and impermissible) requirement to vote: Act 595’s added requirement of providing a proof of identity as a prerequisite to voting runs afoul of article 3, section 1, of the Arkansas Constitution. Section 1 of … [Read more...]

Voter Fraud Does Not Exist, Except Maybe In Wisconsin

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Before you read this story, there is one thing you need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt: voter fraud does not exist. Period. Never has, never will. And like state Senator Uvalde Lindsey once said, voter ID laws are simply “solutions chasing a problem that doesn’t exist.” With that in mind, I direct your attention to this recent news story out of Wisconsin: A Shorewood man has been charged with more than a dozen counts of illegal voting, accused of casting multiple ballots in four … [Read more...]

The Q.T. On Voter ID

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Some of the specifics of the Arkansas voter ID cases are a little difficult to follow, so I thought I’d lay out some of the basics for our readers. 1. A central question in voter ID litigation is: is the statute constitutional? A related question is: will the courts find the statute constitutional? (Some people would say that, since the courts get to say what is constitutional, these two questions are really the same.) Last week, Judge Tim Fox found that Arkansas’s voter ID law was … [Read more...]

Barry Haas: ACLU Plaintiff Gone Wild! (Video)

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I was startled to read this recent interview with Barry Haas. Haas is one of the four plaintiffs in the ACLU’s lawsuit against Act 595 of 2013, which requires Arkansas voters to show ID at the polls. I appreciate that the integrity of the ballot is an emotional issue – and that it sometimes causes people to make intemperate statements – but with respect to the accuracy of Haas’s statements, he could have aimed higher. Haas explained during his interview that voter impersonation was … [Read more...]

ArkTimes Cites Non-Existent Voter ID Requirement As Evidence That Republicans Hate Minorities

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Liberals have long enjoyed tossing around the straw man argument that “voter ID laws are designed to suppress minorities” and “help elect Republicans.” (Thankfully, these scare tactics didn’t stop Arkansas from passing a strong voter ID law earlier this year.) You would think that a recent Wisconsin appellate court’s ruling would have torpedoed the false narrative that these laws create new requirements for voting (in fact, the laws simply require proof that voters meet existing requirements to … [Read more...]

What’s the Most Hilariously Shocking Story of the Day?

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There are just so many hilariously awful news stories out in the last few days. Like, for instance, the revelation that the Obama administration is supporting voter ID laws in Africa -- while litigating against them here in the U.S. And did you see this video that shows a shocking number of Americans don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July or what country we broke away from (it was Mexico, right?) Even more horrifying: the Obama administration has announced that they’re going to institute … [Read more...]