Arkansas Casino Campaign Wins More Time To Gather Signatures

Jul 27, 2016

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties have won additional time to gather signatures to put the proposal on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday said Arkansas Wins in 2016 had fallen short of the 84,859 signatures from registered voters needed to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. But at least 75 percent of the group's signatures are valid, qualifying it for another 30 days to circulate petitions.

Martin's office said it had verified 63,725 of the signatures submitted by the group.

The proposed amendment would legalize casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties. The campaign announced a deal last month for Cherokee Nation Entertainment to operate the casino in Washington County if voters approve the amendment.