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.”