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Arkansas governor vetoes voter photo ID bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed legislation that would have required voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

The Democratic governor on Monday vetoed the Republican-backed voter ID bill. Arkansas law currently requires polls workers to ask for identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don’t have one.

Opponents have said the requirement is unconstitutional and would unfairly disenfranchise poor, elderly and minority voters. Supporters have said the requirement would help prevent voter fraud.

The bill would require Arkansas to provide free photo IDs to voters who don’t have one, costing the state an estimated $300,000.

Lawmakers can override Beebe’s veto with a simple majority in the House and Senate. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature.

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