Arkansas Elections http://ualrpublicradio.org en Secretary Of State: Don't Block Voter ID Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/secretary-state-dont-block-voter-id-law <p></p><p>Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin's office on Wednesday asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny a motion lift the stay on his decision against the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Fox ruled the law unconstitutional in May, but suspended his decision. That ruling has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:40:37 +0000 Associated Press 26235 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Secretary Of State: Don't Block Voter ID Law Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Open Primary Proposal http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-rejects-wording-open-primary-proposal <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of <a href="http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2014-058.pdf" target="_blank">a proposed ballot item</a> that would allow top vote getters in primary elections, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to the general&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">election.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:20:43 +0000 Associated Press 25072 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Turnout Light As Early Voting Begins For Runoff Election http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/turnout-light-early-voting-begins-runoff-election <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Election officials say turnout is light around the state as early voting begins for a primary runoff highlighted by an increasingly bitter fight for the Republican attorney general nomination.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 3,708 voters had cast a ballot by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the June 10 primary runoff. Martin's office has predicted only 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in the runoff.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:57:37 +0000 Associated Press 24244 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Turnout Light As Early Voting Begins For Runoff Election Garland County Runs Into Vote Machine Trouble http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/garland-county-runs-vote-machine-trouble <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Too few voting machines and untimely breakdowns led to long lines at two Garland County polling locations, and some voters walked away without casting ballots.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garland County Election Commission chairwoman </span>Ginna<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Watson says one Hot Springs polling site on Central Avenue had a printer problem Tuesday that slowed the pace of voting.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:11:47 +0000 Associated Press 23579 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Voter ID Law Again Found Unconstitutional http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-voter-id-law-again-found-unconstitutional <p>An Arkansas judge has again found the state's new voter ID law to be unconstitutional, but a photo identification will still be needed for this month's primary election.</p><p>Judge Tim Fox held a hearing Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court concerning a second challenge to law, this one from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Law Center.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:47:50 +0000 Michael Hibblen 22687 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Voter ID Law Again Found Unconstitutional Hearing On Challenge To Arkansas Voter ID Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-challenge-arkansas-voter-id-law <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Two courts are considering challenges to Arkansas' new voter ID law as early voting approaches for the state's May 20 primary.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the new law that requires voters to show photo identification before they cast a ballot. Fox struck down the law in a separate case last week, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling while it considers an appeal of the decision.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:16:02 +0000 Associated Press 22668 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Supreme Court Grants Stay Voter ID Ruling http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-supreme-court-grants-stay-voter-id-ruling <p></p><p>Arkansas' highest court has temporarily stayed a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law and given both sides until Friday to make their case about whether the restriction should remain in place.</p><p>The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the state's request to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's decision voiding the new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Fox ruled the restriction violated Arkansas' constitution. Fox issued the ruling in a case that had focused on absentee ballot rules.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:11:44 +0000 Associated Press 22546 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Supreme Court Grants Stay Voter ID Ruling Panel Asks Court To Block Voter ID Enforcement In Primary http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/panel-asks-court-block-voter-id-enforcement-primary <p></p><p>The Pulaski County Election Commission and a group of four voters are asking Arkansas' highest court to prevent the state from enforcing a voter ID law in an upcoming election after it was struck down by a judge.</p><p>The commission on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to deny the state's request to stay Judge Tim Fox's ruling, which voided the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:19:43 +0000 Associated Press 22514 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Panel Asks Court To Block Voter ID Enforcement In Primary Arkansas AG Files Notice Of Appeal In Voter ID Case http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-files-notice-appeal-voter-id-case <p></p><p>Arkansas' attorney general has filed a notice to challenge a state judge's ruling that found Arkansas' new voter ID law unconstitutional.</p><p>Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed notice Friday that his office would appeal Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court. A day earlier, Fox ruled the state's voter ID law was "void and unenforceable."</p><p>A spokesman for the attorney general says the state will ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to stay Fox's ruling.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:04:46 +0000 Associated Press 22349 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Files Notice Of Appeal In Voter ID Case 3 Vying For Republican Nomination For House Seat http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/3-vying-republican-nomination-house-seat <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election. </font></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:10:03 +0000 Associated Press 22088 at http://ualrpublicradio.org