08/01/17  Voter I.D. In Effect In Several Elections Today


Arkansas' revived law requiring voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot will be put to the test as soon as it takes effect this week, with early voting  Voters heading to the polls early in three cities and two counties today for special elections on sales tax measures will be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot, or sign a sworn statement confirming their identity under the law approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

The measure revives a similar voter ID restriction that was struck down by the state's highest court three years ago. On a recent KQ-102.3's "South Arkansas Today" program, Cindy Kauffman, who has worked with the Dallas County Election Commission for 20 years,  told us it's easy to get an ID in Dallas County.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it's watching the enforcement of the voter ID measure to prepare for a potential lawsuit if voters are disenfranchised.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.