Arkansas pro-voter ID candidate forgets ID and is turned away from voting

By David Edwards
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 8:36 EDT
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Asa Hutchinson (YouTube)
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A Republican candidate for governor in Arkansas on Tuesday was thwarted by the same voting restriction laws that he supports when he forgot identification that the state now requires for voting.

Hutchinson told The Arkansas Times that he was meeting a TV crew in Bentonville so they could film him voting early Tuesday morning.

“I realized I didn’t have my ID,” Hutchinson admitted.

The candidate said that he was able to vote after retrieving his ID from his law offices.

Spokesperson Christian Olson told The Associated Press that a staffer actually retrieved the ID, a luxury that many voters would not have.

The Arkansas Democratic Party called on Hutchinson to reevaluate his support of Voter ID laws after the incident.

“We hope Asa’s experience at the polls yesterday will cause him to reevaluate the unnecessary burden the Voter ID law places on senior citizens, students and those serving in the military,” the party said in a statement. “Arkansas’s Voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional and is still under review.”

Although Olson said that Hutchinson found the ordeal to be a “little bit of an inconvenience,” he still supported voter ID laws.

Watch the video below from KARK, broadcast May 20, 2104.

(h/t: MSNBC)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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