Arkansas Governor Vetoes 3 Election Reform Bills

Apr 23, 2013

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) speaking to reporters after the veto of his voter ID bill was overridden by the legislature. King has sponsored several election reform related bills this session.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed three bills aimed at overhauling the state's election commission, including one that would create a "voter integrity unit" to investigate fraud complaints.

Beebe on Tuesday vetoed the three bills by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest. He rejected the measures after lawmakers recessed this year's legislative session.

One of the bills Beebe vetoed would have created a "voter integrity unit" in the secretary of state's office to investigate complaints of election irregularities. Another would effectively fire the members of state Election Board of Election Commissioners and change the setup of the panel. The third would allow the board to remove county election commissioners.

Beebe said in his veto letter that he had been urged by election officials to reject the bills.