Arkansas governor cites ‘government bureaucracy’ in veto of voter ID bill

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 25, 2013 16:06 EDT
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Legislation to require voters to provide identification before casting a ballot was vetoed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) on Monday.

The governor noted the voter ID law was estimated to cost the state $300,000 to implement this year alone. Beebe also said the proposed law was unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional.

“At a time when some argue for the reduction of unnecessary bureaucracy and for reduced government spending, I find it ironic to be presented with a bill that increases government bureaucracy and increases government expenditures, all to address a need that has not been demonstrated,” he remarked. “I cannot approve such an unnecessary measure that would negatively impact one of our most precious rights as citizens.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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