LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state judge is allowing the Arkansas Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under a new voter ID law.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox granted the party's request Monday to help defend the state Board of Election Commissioners over a rule giving more time to absentee voters who don't submit copies of their photo IDs with their absentee ballots.
The Pulaski County Election Commission claimed in a lawsuit last month that the state panel overstepped its bounds with the new rule.
Fox said he hopes to handle the case quickly and gave both sides a Friday deadline to file motions for summary judgment and an April 23 deadline to file replies to the motions.
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