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Arkansas AG asks judge to stay ruling against 4 voting laws

Election Voters Voting
Michael Hibblen
A voter talks with poll workers before casting a ballot at an election location in Little Rock on Nov. 6, 2018.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked a state judge to stay his ruling that strikes down four new voting restrictions while she appealshis decision.

Rutledge, a Republican, filed the motion on Thursday shortly after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen entered his formal order against the measures approved by the majority-GOP Legislature last year.

Griffen issued a permanent injunction against the laws last week, finding them unconstitutional.

The measures struck down include a change to the state’s voter ID law that removed the option for someone to sign an affidavit affirming their identity if they could not present photo identification at the polls.

The other blocked measures prevent anyone other than voters from being within 100 feet of a polling place, require an absentee voter’s signature on a ballot to match the signature on their voter registration application and move up the deadline for voters to return absentee ballots in person.

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