Temporary emergency rules regarding absentee ballots submitted without a photo ID have been made permanent provisions. A 2013 state voter ID law allowed for in-person voters without ID to cast provisional ballots and gave them a period of time to show ID. But no similar allowance was given to absentee voters.
In February the Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners created a rule giving absentee voters the same recourse as in-person voters. Wednesday that was made permanent, which board Director Justin Clay viewed as procedural.
An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.
Cotton's campaign Wednesday released a copy of a March 13 letter from the House Ethics Committee dismissing the state Democratic Party's complaint. Democrats complained last October about an interview Cotton gave to a radio talk show host.
The Arkansas panel that investigates claims of judicial misconduct says its inquiry into Circuit Judge Mike Maggio will likely take months.
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said Tuesday that Maggio is cooperating in the investigation into alleged ethics violations. In a statement, the commission said it anticipates either a disciplinary charge or sanctions to be announced by mid-August.
The panel is investigating campaign contributions made to Maggio before the judge reduced a multimillion-dollar judgment against a nursing home.
Two potential issues that may be on the November ballot offer contrasting attitudes from Arkansas voters.
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.
KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with investigative, liberal blogger Matt Campbell who runs Blue Hog Report to talk about his research identifying 59 sitting judges who failed to pay annual bar dues seeking election May 20th and what it means for their eligibility to hold and seek office. Scrutiny has been cast upon all 59 justices after a decision last month disqualified a candidate.
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.
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.
The commission is suing the state Board of Election Commissioners, saying the state board overstepped its bounds.