Voter ID Bill Dies in Committee

A bill that would require voters to show proof of identification at the ballot box and would eliminate the fee for a state-issued ID died in House committee Friday morning.

Currently, voters are not required to show ID at the ballot box and can't be turned away from voting if they don't show an ID. The bill would have required voters to show their ID before they could receive a ballot.

In addition, the bill by GOP Reps. Bryan King of Green Forest and Dan Greenburg of Little Rock would have eliminated the fee for a state ID as well as driver's license fees for those who couldn't afford them.

Supporters of the bill cited the need to act against voter fraud. Opponents considered it another layer of bureaucracy. The vote in the House State Agencies Committee was 10-8 against, and fell down party lines, with all eight Republicans voting in favor of the bill.