Arkansas election board approves absentee ballot rules - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Arkansas election board approves absentee ballot rules

Posted: Updated:

 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' board of election commissioners has approved a set of proposed, permanent rules for absentee ballots.

 With one audible dissenting vote, the seven-member board voted Wednesday to accept the emergency rules adopted in late February as permanent provisions. The temporary rules were set to expire in mid-July.

 The new rules would permanently allow a brief grace period for absentee voters to submit proof of identification if they didn't attach them with their ballot.

 The Pulaski County Election Commission has filed a lawsuit against the board over those changes - saying the rules conflict with the state attorney general's opinion.

 Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has said Arkansas' voter-identification law doesn't grant extra time for absentee voters to cast a provisional ballot.

 The rules now go before a legislative panel.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:03:01 GMT
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May.More >>
    For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say...More >>
  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:40 GMT
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.More >>
    Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong...More >>
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:10 GMT
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...More >>
    House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would...More >>