Secretary Of State Responds To Complaint About Alcohol Deadline

Jul 22, 2014

Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an expanded alcohol sales measure.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Tuesday said officials were still researching the complaint from the group challenging the petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 counties.

Let Local Communities Decide for Themselves argues the petitions for the alcohol measure should have been submitted by July 4, not the July 7 deadline used by the state.

Spokeswoman Laura Labay said it's been standard practice since 1925 to push the deadline to the following workday if it falls on a holiday.