Arkansas AG asks judge to stay ruling against 4 voting laws

March 25, 2022 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked a state judge to stay his ruling that strikes down four new voting restrictions while she appeals his decision.

Rutledge, a Republican, filed the motion on Thursday shortly after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen entered his formal order against the measures approved by the majority-GOP Legislature last year.

Griffen issued a permanent injunction against the laws last week, finding them unconstitutional.

The measures struck down include a change to the state’s voter ID law that removed the option for someone to sign an affidavit affirming their identity if they could not present photo identification at the polls.

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The other blocked measures prevent anyone other than voters from being within 100 feet of a polling place, require an absentee voter’s signature on a ballot to match the signature on their voter registration application and move up the deadline for voters to return absentee ballots in person.