Arkansas Elections http://ualrpublicradio.org en Ruling: Faulkner Judge Can Remain On Ballot http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ruling-faulkner-judge-can-remain-ballot <pre> Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday that Circuit Judge H.G. Foster is eligible for the ballot. Foster's candidacy had been challenged because his license was temporarily suspended because of late payment of annual dues. State law says a person must be a licensed attorney for six years to be eligible for a judgeship. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:24:24 +0000 Associated Press 21866 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hearing Set Over Arkansas Voter ID Lawsuit http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-set-over-arkansas-voter-id-lawsuit <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A hearing is set in a lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under Arkansas' new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter ID law, five weeks ahead of the state's primary election.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:29:16 +0000 Associated Press 21767 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Late-Payment Suspension Rule Rejected By Arkansas Judge http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/late-payment-suspension-rule-rejected-arkansas-judge <p>A Pulaski County judge says a court rule that suspends Arkansas lawyers who don't pay their annual dues on time is unconstitutional.</p><p>Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Wednesday in a case involving Angela Byrd, who is seeking a judgeship in the 20th Judicial District.</p><p>A resident challenged Byrd's eligibility for the ballot, citing a state law that requires judges to be licensed attorneys for six years before taking office. Byrd's license was suspended for a day after she paid her dues 36 hours late.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:10:25 +0000 Associated Press 21596 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Board To Consider Emergency Absentee Ballot Rules http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/board-consider-emergency-absentee-ballot-rules <p></p><p>Arkansas's Board of Election Commissioners are set to consider whether they will permanently adopt the emergency rules for absentee ballots that they approved last month.</p><p>Board Director Justin Clay says the seven-member body will vote on approving the rules as permanent provisions in their scheduled Wednesday meeting.</p><p>The rules passed by the board in late February allow a brief grace period for absentee voters to submit proof of identification if they didn't attach them their ballot when voting.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:22:08 +0000 Associated Press 21533 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Board To Consider Emergency Absentee Ballot Rules Minimum Wage Proposal Popular, Medical Marijuana Attitudes Evenly Split http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/minimum-wage-proposal-popular-medical-marijuana-attitudes-evenly-split <p>Two potential issues that may be on the November ballot offer contrasting attitudes from Arkansas voters.</p><p>The latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll of more than 1,000 likely voters shows that an overwhelming majority of Arkansans are in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, while voters are evenly split on a possible medical marijuana proposal. Both citizen-led initiatives are collecting signatures before a July deadline to qualify for the November ballot.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:32:45 +0000 Roby Brock 21536 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Election Commission Asks Court To Deny GOP Bid To Enter Voter ID Suit http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/election-commission-asks-court-deny-gop-bid-enter-voter-id-suit <p></p><p>The Pulaski County Election Commission is asking a judge to deny the Arkansas Republican Party's request to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law.</p><p>The commission on Monday asked a Pulaski County judge to reject the GOP's effort to help defend a state panel's decision to allow absentee voters who don't submit a copy of their photo identification with their ballot additional time to turn in their ID.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:11:48 +0000 Associated Press 21476 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Election Commission Asks Court To Deny GOP Bid To Enter Voter ID Suit AG Rejects Wording On Arkansas Alcohol Ballot Item http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ag-rejects-wording-arkansas-alcohol-ballot-item <pre> Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties will have to try again for approval of the wording of their ballot item. The state attorney general's office on Tuesday <a href="http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2014-030.pdf" target="_blank">rejected the wording of the proposed Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.</a> The drive for the amendment is being organized by attorney David Couch. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:55:01 +0000 Associated Press 21202 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Craighead County Closely Watching Voter ID Lawsuit http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/craighead-county-closely-watching-voter-id-lawsuit <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law. </font></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:25:22 +0000 Associated Press 21092 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-rejects-wording-marijuana-ballot-item-0 <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:05:06 +0000 Associated Press 20751 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item Pulaski Tech Seeks Millage Increase http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pulaski-tech-seeks-millage-increase <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Pulaski County voters will get to decide whether to allow a 1.9-mill property tax increase in a special election to provide additional funding for Pulaski Technical College. The two year college is seeking to create a tax district to generate approximately 11 million dollars in annual revenue. </font></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:14:02 +0000 Chris Hickey 20113 at http://ualrpublicradio.org