Arkansas Election 2014

Local & Regional News
4:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Turnout Expected To Be Light For Arkansas Primary Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling location in a local March election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas election officials are predicting 20 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary election. 

In Pulaski County, Director of Elections Bryan Poe expects it to be a little under that.

"In our office, we are estimating between 15 and 18 percent.  That translates to somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 registered voters, just about in line with previous primary elections, if not a little bit lighter," Poe said.

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Local & Regional News
3:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Allegations of Election Irregularities in Jefferson County

State Election Commissioner and Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

At the end of early voting, with polls set to open for Election Day, calls for election monitors and investigations into the Jefferson County Clerk’s office made their way to the State Board of Election Commissioners Monday. State Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer, in his capacity as a county election commissioner, said he’s asking for prosecutors and the State Police to investigate a number of alleged violations.

Soffer said Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal-Johnson has repeatedly ignored election laws including absentee ballot registering procedures.

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Local & Regional News
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Lea, Yang Vying For GOP Nod For Auditor

The two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor are touting their background and experience as they run for an office responsible for writing the state's checks and best known for helping Arkansans reunite with unclaimed property.

Local & Regional News
9:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Hearing On Challenge To Arkansas Voter ID Law

Two courts are considering challenges to Arkansas' new voter ID law as early voting approaches for the state's May 20 primary.

Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the new law that requires voters to show photo identification before they cast a ballot. Fox struck down the law in a separate case last week, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling while it considers an appeal of the decision.

Local & Regional News
9:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

3 Vying For Republican Nomination For House Seat

The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, banking executive French Hill and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds are running for the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Whoever wins the nomination will face former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, the only Democrat running, and Libertarian nominee Debbie Standiford.

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Local & Regional News
8:24 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ruling: Faulkner Judge Can Remain On Ballot

Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday that Circuit Judge H.G. Foster is eligible for the ballot. Foster's candidacy had been challenged because his license was temporarily suspended because of late payment of annual dues.

State law says a person must be a licensed attorney for six years to be eligible for a judgeship.

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Local & Regional News
8:27 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Cotton: $1.3M Raised In First 3 Months Of '14

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor this fall.

Cotton's campaign on Monday said it'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Pryor. The campaign did not say how much money Cotton would report having on hand for his bid.

Local & Regional News
8:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

AG Rejects Wording On Arkansas Alcohol Ballot Item

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties will have to try again for approval of the wording of their ballot item.

The state attorney general's office on Tuesday rejected the wording of the proposed Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.

The drive for the amendment is being organized by attorney David Couch.

Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Private Option Overshadows GOP Primaries In Arkansas

Arkansas Capitol

The fight over Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be over in the Legislature, but it's now spilling over into a number of Republican primaries this spring.

GOP candidates who supported the "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor are now facing friendly fire from within the party as they near the May 20 primary. The fight is spilling over into races that have nothing to do with the "private option" or health care, including the primaries for state treasurer and auditor.

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