Panel asks court to deny GOP bid to enter suit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Pulaski County Election Commission is asking a judge to deny the Arkansas Republican Party's request to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law.

The commission on Monday asked a Pulaski County judge to reject the GOP's effort to help defend a state panel's decision to allow absentee voters who don't submit a copy of their photo identification with their ballot additional time to turn in their ID. The commission is suing the state Board of Election Commissioners, saying the state board overstepped its bounds.

The GOP has argued that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel can't properly defend the board, since he issued an opinion that the voter ID law doesn't allow for the additional time for absentee voters.

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