Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Weighs In On Mail-In Voting

May 21, 2020

MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT - Governor Asa Hutchinson (L) shares thoughts on mail-in ballots with President Donald Trump during a recent visit to the White House. 05.20.20
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ARKANSAS GOVERNOR  MEETS PRESIDENT TRUMP – On Wednesday President  Donald Trump met with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly  to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.   Following brief remarks from all, the president answered reporters' questions on a number of topics including mail-in ballots and the president’s concerns with them.  Many states are considering  emergency mail-in voting so as to provide voters access and protection from getting infected by the Coronavirus.  The President asked Governor Hutchinson share some thoughts on Mail-In Voting. 

“…there’s a lot of discussion about how we can make the vote accessible.," Hutchinson said. "And if there is continued worried from a health standpoint and we want to be able to use no excuse absently  no excuse absentee voting as a way to do it, but it’s still a person-to-person identification of the individual."

As states scramble to adjust laws to accommodate social distancing and state and federal guidelines -- including states with primaries June 2the Republican Party is launching legal challenges to efforts intended to give voters more ways to cast ballots this fall.  Yesterday Louisiana Republican legislators shot down legislation that would expand mail-in voting in Louisiana.