Two dozen ballots weren’t counted in Arkansas’ most populous county after voters who didn’t show identification at the polls in last week’s primary failed to return by a Tuesday deadline to present ID under a new state law, election officials said. Officials in several counties reported only a handful of voters who returned to the polls by the deadline under Arkansas’ voter ID law, which was enforced for the first time statewide in the primary. The secretary of state’s office and the state Board of Election Commissioners said they weren’t tracking the number of ballots that were tossed out because of the law.
Under the law, approved last year, voters who don’t show photo ID at the polls can cast a provisional ballot that wouldn’t be counted unless they returned by noon Tuesday following the primary election. In Pulaski County, only one of the 25 people who didn’t show ID at the polls returned by Tuesday’s deadline, Election Director Bryan Poe said.
Several other counties said they had far fewer ballots tossed. Sebastian County officials said the six voters who didn’t show ID at the polls failed to show up by Tuesday’s deadline. The one voter who didn’t show ID in Saline County returned Tuesday morning. In Garland County, three voters who cast provisional ballots returned with their IDs, Election Commission Chairwoman Ginna Watson said.
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