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2:43 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Officials Consider Whether To Hold Special Election To Fill Lt. Governor's Position

With Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr stepping down next month over ethics violations, legislative leaders say there's growing support to change the law to keep his office vacant and avoid a special election to fill the post for just a few months.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday that he was still researching whether the law requires him to call a special election to fill the vacancy for Darr, a Republican who announced Friday he would step down Feb. 1.

Beebe said he was also researching whether Darr had actually resigned since he hadn't submitted a formal letter to the governor's office.

Legislative leaders are gauging support for changing the law during next month's legislative session to give Beebe the ability to not call a special election.