I have received my absentee ballot for voting in the state of Arkasnas. I was going though the papers, and I noticed something different from last time. The paper with included instructions has an additional statement, saying I need to include a copy of a valid photo ID.
Furthermore, there is an additional orange insert also claiming I need a valid voter ID.
However, the law in question allows for a signed affidavit to substitute for a voter ID. What’s more, the ACLU of Arkansas confirms that the included signed document in the ballot counts as said affidavit. So I clearly am not misunderstanding the law.
Said law is also under judicial review by the Arkansas Supreme Court. It is likely unconstitutional. In fact, what makes this whole thing ridiculous is that my actual ballot contains an initiative to amend the Arkansas Constitution to make it constitutional. So we are in the absurd state of saying something is true while also asking you to vote on it on the ballot!
There is not only no indication of the possible unconstitutionality of the requirement, but there’s no indication in the ballot how one can get an ID. They are required to be free, and can be administered by the county clerk. (Apparently not, say, the DMV who issues the paid ID, which more cities will have.)
This seems utterly ridiculous to me, and a good indication of bad faith. Good faith would indicate the actual situation. But this appears to be an attempt to mislead absentee voters who don’t have an ID into not voting.
Sure, I bet it’s rare that anyone doesn’t have a photo ID they can use. But we exist. And, if I hadn’t looked up the situation online, I would have thought I couldn’t vote!
I put this in elections, but I actually hope that I’ll find out everyone agrees that at least some of this is misleading and should not be.