The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would create a "voter integrity" unit within the Secretary of State's office to investigate complaints of election fraud.
By a 30-5 vote, the Senate approved the measure by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest that would set up a four-person unit among existing staff in the secretary of state's office. The unit would be composed of the elections division director, the secretary of state's general counsel, an employee of the elections division and an office with State Capitol Police. The unit would investigate any complaints of election irregularities or violations of election that have been filed with the state Board of Election Commissioners. The bill gives says the unit may conduct hearings and subpoena witnesses.