State of Arkansas

Arkansas Voter Suppression Bills

League of Women Voters of Arkansas v. Thurston

Lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters of Arkansas and Arkansas United challenging four new voter suppression laws. The laws go after every aspect of the election process:  House Bill 1715 establishes a new absentee ballot application signature match; Senate Bill 643 limits the absentee ballot return period; House Bill 1112 requires voters who lack proper ID when casting their ballots to bring a form of identification to the county clerk’s office within six days; and Senate Bill 486 bans anyone except voters from coming within 100 feet of a polling place, including volunteers who are distributing food and water to voters in long lines. The lawsuit claims that all four laws violate the Arkansas Constitution. The court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss, after which the defendants filed an interlocutory appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Case Documents (Pulaski County circuit court)

Case Documents (arkansas supreme court)

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