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Ark. House finishes veto override on voter ID bill

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By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas House has completed an override of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.
 
The Republican-controlled House voted 52-45 on Monday to override the veto. Last week, the GOP-led Senate voted 21-12 to override it. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.
 
Arkansas law currently requires poll workers to ask for identification, but voters without one can still cast a ballot.
 
The new law will require Arkansas to provide a free photo ID to voters who don't have one and will cost the state an estimated $300,000. The requirement won't take effect until there is funding for the IDs or until January, whichever occurs last.
 
Beebe called the bill an expensive solution to a non-existent problem.

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