Parties Eye Boost From Voter ID Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 11:26 am  

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A final ruling from the Supreme Court on the law's constitutionality may not come until well after the November election. That timeline gives both parties time to use the issue as a way to bring out their base. Democrats say that blocking the voter ID law will help in terms of turning out more voters, something they say will help the party.

"The more people who vote will mean that it's a good thing for Democrats. That's because these are voters who believe in the same things we are fighting for in this election cycle," Martin said, citing expansion of pre-kindergarten and protecting Social Security as examples.

Republicans say they expect Fox's ruling to help motivate the party, which had pushed for years for a voter ID law in the Legislature.

"They felt this was a proper requirement of a voter to ask for an ID, just like you would if you were cashing a check or buying something at the store," state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said. "I think our base will see this as unreasonable and will move them to elect more (Republican) members of the Legislature."

(Andrew DeMillo has covered Arkansas government and politics for The Associated Press since 2005. Follow him on Twitter at @ademillo.)



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