The first of what we hope will be several bills Protecting Our Elections in Pulaski County and Arkansas passed the House of Representatives today as Rep. Mark Lowery's HB 1112 to make uniform the state's Voter ID requirements passed with 75 votes.
Lowery (R-Maumelle) offered the bill in response to some of the issues encountered in the controversial absentee vote count effort in Pulaski County where election staff under the supervision of County Judge Barry Hyde caused to be counted 327 disqualified ballots.
The bill required a 3/4 vote to pass as it amends Amendment 51 of the state Constitution.
The bill will now go to the Senate where it is expected opponents will exercise extreme pressure to stop this important reform.
Members of the Pulaski County House delegation voted as follows:
(Republicans in bold, Democrats in italics)