Fingerprints not feasible for Arkansas voter rolls
Lack of available technology and privacy concerns will prohibit the use of biometrics — like fingerprints or retinal scans — for state voter rolls, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
Driving the news: With the midterms a few weeks away, unfounded claims of fraud in the 2020 election continue to contribute to a polarized political landscape across the U.S.
- Why it matters: Misinformation and a lack of trust in the election system erode democracy.
Context: In the 2021 Arkansas General Assembly, Act 421 authorized lawmakers to study the possibility of ballot tracking to prevent voter fraud.
- Rep. Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier) told the legislative council on Tuesday that technology wasn't at the level to handle a database of potentially 3 million voters.
Yes, and: State director of elections Leslie Bellamy told the council a perception by some that their vote won't be kept secret if biometric data is used may alienate voters.
What's next: It's not immediately clear what other methods may be explored to prevent potential voter fraud.
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