A partnership between Arkansas-based AAMSCO and Datacard Group has been chosen to provide the state with a voter ID card program.
The voter ID cards are scheduled for rollout in 2014 and will require Arkansas citizens to provide photo identification in order to vote at the polls, a mandate following a recently passed state law, Act 595, to take effect January 1. After a consultation with AAMSCO to determine specific needs for the program, the voter ID card requirements and design preferences, the state of Arkansas purchased 98 Datacard SP25 Plus card printers to be installed in each of the state’s 75 county clerks offices. Additionally, state officials will use Datacard ID Works identification software, and cameras for photo capture. AAMSCO’s end of the bargain will see the card personalization specialist provide local services and support to the state.
Each Arkansas county clerk office will personalize their own voter ID cards for citizens living within that designated county. Every citizen will have their cardholder information and photo captured by the disparate county offices, after which the voter ID cards will be personalized spot-on-sight by the Datacard SP25 printers. As an additional security measure, photos, county clerk signatures and watermarks will be printed on the cards for authentication purposes.