Arkansas Elections

Local & Regional News
9:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Craighead County Closely Watching Voter ID Lawsuit

Craighead County election officials are closely watching a Pulaski County lawsuit regarding Arkansas' voter identification law.

The law was passed last year over Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. It allows in-person voters who don't show identification at the time of voting until Monday after the election to present proper IDs to the election commission to have their votes counted. But it makes no mention of a similar grace period for absentee voters.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item

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The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.

McDaniel's office says the proposal doesn't clearly define the term "legal residents" and is unclear what regulatory authority, if any, the Legislature would have over the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of marijuana.

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Special Election
4:14 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Pulaski Tech Seeks Millage Increase

Pulaski County voters will get to decide whether to allow a 1.9-mill property tax increase in a special election to provide additional funding for Pulaski Technical College. The two year college is seeking to create a tax district to generate approximately 11 million dollars in annual revenue.

The special election will be held Tuesday. The 1.9 mill increase would amount to about 38 dollars per 100,000 dollars of a property's assessed value.

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Local & Regional News
9:47 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Proposal

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected a proposed ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

McDaniel said in an opinion released Thursday that there are ambiguities in the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Marjorie LeClair of Shirley. McDaniel must certify the proposal before supporters can begin gathering the signatures needed to place it on the ballot. 

The proposal calls for repealing state laws related to the cannabis plant.

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Local & Regional News
9:03 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 2014 Ballot Measures

Arkansas legislators are trying to figure out how to clear the way for three proposedconstitutional amendments to appear on the ballot this November, after a new law made it unclear who is in charge of preparing the ballot measures' language.

A joint House and Senate panel is scheduled to discuss on Thursday how to prepare the measures' "popular name" that will appear on the ballot after a new law took away the attorney general's authority to do so. The law affects three proposed constitutional amendments that the Legislature voted last year to put on the ballot.

Local & Regional News
7:39 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Ethics Commission Proposes Fines To Ex-Lawmaker

A former state representative who pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying ballots and for exchanging money and food for votes has accepted $2,500 in fines and letters of warning and of caution from the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

The offer to former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion is in a letter dated Dec. 20 that was released Monday by the commission.

Phone calls to numbers listed for Hallum rang unanswered.

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Local & Regional News
7:30 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Arkansas Voter ID Law Goes Into Effect In January

Starting this New Year, Arkansan voters will be required to present photo identification at their polling places in order to cast a ballot. The Arkansas Legislature passed the photo id law earlier this year, following a trend set by other state houses around the country. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane says some voters will need id as early the second week of January, when some elections are set to take place.

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Local & Regional News
8:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Voters Considering Bonds To Renovate Little Rock Music Hall

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Voters in Little Rock are considering a proposal to pay for up to $73.5 million in renovations to the city's Robinson Center Music Hall.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The plan asks voters to dedicate a portion of the city's existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for the project.

The tax had been used for the construction of the Statehouse Convention Center, and those bonds are about to be retired.

The music hall in downtown Little Rock was built in 1939 and hasn't had any major renovations.

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Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Cooper Awaits Opponent In Special Arkansas Senate Race

A Republican candidate for a state Senate seat says he cannot overcome the 67-margin that separated him from the leader in a primary runoff, but a Democratic candidate wants to see if he picks up any votes in a canvass.

Ascent Children Services CEO Dan Sullivan says he will not contest balloting that made former AT&T manager John Cooper the GOP nominee for a Senate post from Jonesboro.

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Local & Regional News
8:18 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Voters Choose Nominees For Northeast Arkansas Senate Seat

Fewer than 100 votes separated the top candidates from the also-rans after ballots were counted in the party primary runoffs for a state senate seat in northeastern Arkansas.

Jonesboro businessman Steve Rockwell led Valley View Schools Superintendent Radius Baker by 24 votes in the Democratic primary, while former AT&T manager John Cooper led Ascent Children's Services CEO Dan Sullivan by 67 votes among Republicans.

If the results stand, Rockwell and Cooper would face off Jan. 14 in a special election to replace former Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August.

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