An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal that would clarify how control of county election commissions is determined in the event neither party holds a majority of statewide offices.
The House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday supported a bill that would use vote totals to define the majority party in the state neither Republicans nor Democrats held four of the seven constitutional offices. The party whose winning candidates have the most combined votes in the latest general election would be designated the majority party, which is allotted more positions on county election boards.
Proponents of the idea say there is no procedure to follow if an independent won statewide office. No one spoke against the bill, which now heads to the full House for consideration.