The law requiring Arkansans to show their photo identification at the polls in order to vote, is no longer law following Wednesday’s state supreme court ruling. But as early voting begins on Monday, counties are scrambling to make last minute changes, redoing things they’ve already done in order to get the proper information to polling sites. Workers at the Saline County Clerk’s office say they’ll work into the night packing boxes full of supplies for polling sites. But, because of the voter ID law being struck down, they’re having to take some items out of the box, like signs asking voters to show their identification. “The early voting sites, we’re going to have to change all of those. all of the signage we spent money on, taxpayer money on, all of those are going to have to be pulled out of the thing that’s going to be sent out. those will no longer be in place,” said Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis.
Saline County printed special signs reminding voters to have their ID, which cost nearly $3,000. They’ll also have to pay for reprinting costs of some materials.
The Secretary of State’s office says they’ve spent more $300,000 for the voter ID machines, costs associated with them along with education and promotion of the law. The office says that all of the spending on the machines and materials was done prior to the lawsuit being filed.
But the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case which overturned the law, said money aside, the law needed to be overturned.