Asa Hutchinson, who won the Republican nomination in the race for Arkansas governor Tuesday, forgot his ID when he went to the polls, despite backing the state’s new voter ID law, according to the Associated Press.
Christian Olson, a spokesman for the Republican candidate, told the AP that Hutchinson believed the situation was a “little bit of an inconvenience” and that a staffer retrieved his ID so he could cast a ballot. Olson said the former congressman still believes voters should be required to show an ID.
Hutchinson’s campaign has not responded to msnbc’s requests for comment. This post will be updated when it does.
Tuesday was the first time the state’s voter ID law affected an election, and Arkansas voters were required to show identification at the polls, according to the AP. Last month, a judge struck down the voter ID law, finding it unconstitutional. But the judge said that the law would be enforced during the state’s primary.
The voter ID measure could make it harder for minorities, students, and people from low-income communities to cast ballots.
The law, which was approved last year by the state’s Republican-controlled state legislature, requires that voters present government-approved forms of identification. Voters who lack identification must cast provisional ballots and go to the county clerk’s office to declare they are too “indigent” to afford ID.