On 1st April 2013 Monday, Arkansas’ legislators have set a new law. This law states that the voters have to present their photo identity while polling goes on. This law supersedes the veto of a bill of the Democratic government of Mike Beebe. The state house led by the Republicans voted 52-45. This was quite near the party lines as the vote taking place in the GOP Senate. The result of that vote was 21-12.
A Republican member named Stephen Meeks said that this law is created to benefit the country. It is made to safeguard the veracity of the fundamental rights of the United States of America. Stephen Meeks is also the House Sponsor of the bill. Another remarkable incident happened with the speaker of the House.
The House speaker- Davy Carter, who is also a Cabot Republican, supported this override. But when there was a vote last month regarding this, he did not vote. The Governor had stated this bill as an ‘expensive solution’ for a simple problem. He had told the media people that he had consulted some lawmakers. But he made it clear that he never forced anyone to vote in opposition to the override. Mike Beebe said that this law is going to be very effective for the US and will benefit a lot.
The law is final and their words are fixed, said the spokesman of Beebe- Matt. A civil rights lawyer, who is also a little rock Democrat, said several times not to refer to the history at all. In past times, it is said that these kinds of laws are fancy as they hardly have any use.
It is also said that fake voters are very rare to find and so there is no need of such laws. It makes voting of several people including the minorities, elder people and the students. But these days, every time during votes we find some fake voters. Those kinds of people are all around. So existence of these laws is very necessary.
A Republican, John Walker, who is also a Little Rock Democrat and a black, commented on this. He challenged that any person could be found in the body of the legislation that will go to this law. He also said that irrespective of what a person had learnt, it does not matter to them. They are going to implement that law. It does not bother to them what others are thinking, they are going to do it in their own way.
They know that whatever they are going to do is for the betterment of their own country. The law will protect their fundamental rights. A financier of the bill, Bryan King, in the Senate expressed that he was feeling better after the result of the bill was released. Another Republican said that this law has been the most eventful bill session till date. There were lots of tensions associated with this bill. The best part out of it was that the Arkansas’ supported it.