Arkansas Elections

Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Rules Being Set In Place For Implementing New Voter ID Law

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday approved rules for enforcing a new law requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls. It takes effect in January.

Meanwhile Alex Reed, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, says they’re making arrangements to provide free ID cards for those who, for one reason or another, don’t have one.

A contract with a company to provide machines to make the cards was signed Tuesday.  It’s hoped they’ll be in use by the beginning of Decmeber.

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Local & Regional News
6:08 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Take Up Rules For Voter ID Law

A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year.

The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The rules closely mirror the law the Republican-controlled Legislature approved in April when it overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the voter ID legislation.

Election News
5:44 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Former Arkansas Lawmaker Gets Home Detention, Fine in Election Fraud Case

Hudson Hallum

The state's move toward implementing a new voter ID law and Thursday's sentencing of former Arkansas lawmaker Hudson Hallum for election fraud have raised some questions about upholding the integrity of the election process in our state.

Hallum was sentenced in federal court in Little Rock to one year of home detention and three years probation. He was also fined $20,000 and must serve 100 hours of community service.

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Local & Regional News
6:23 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Former Lawmaker To Be Sentenced In Election Case

Hudson Hallum
Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

A former east Arkansas legislator convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud is appearing in court to be sentenced. 

Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum on Thursday is scheduled to appear before a federal judge for sentencing. His father, Kent Hallum, is also set to appear before the judge in a separate sentencing hearing. 

Hallum pleaded guilty in September, along with his father and two campaign workers.

Prosecutors said Hallum bribed voters and used absentee ballots to commit fraud in the 2011 election for his seat.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Panel Reviewing Rules On Voter ID Law

An Arkansas panel is reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification at the polls before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday was scheduled to review the rules for enforcing the state's voter ID law, which takes effect next year.

Poll workers are currently required to ask for identification, but voters can still cast a ballot if they don't show ID.

Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lincoln Says Effective Communication Key To Pryor Victory

Blanche Lincoln

Former Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is now a lobbyist working on issues that impact small businesses and independent contractors. Lincoln lost her Senate seat to Republican John Boozman in the 2010 election. 

In an interview with Talk Business Arkansas, Lincoln says Senator Mark Pryor will face many challenges for reelection, especially when it comes to getting his message out to voters.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Thu May 23, 2013

2 Men Sentenced In Arkansas Election Fraud Case

Two men who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in an election fraud case involving a former east Arkansas lawmaker have been sentenced to home confinement and probation.

Federal court records show that Phillip Wayne Carter was sentenced Wednesday to five months of home confinement. Sam Malone was sentenced Tuesday to 7.2 months of home confinement. Both men were also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

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Ballot Initiatives
6:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Law Restricting Paid Canvassers In Ballot Initiatives Awaits Lawsuit

Canvassers at work.
Credit Bernard Pollack / flickr.com

Policy Advocates in Arkansas are planning to file a lawsuit challenging a new law which they claim restricts citizens from advancing ballot initiatives through a petition gathering process.

Act 1413 requires paid canvassers to register with the Secretary of State’s office and would criminalize canvassers who solicit fraudulent signatures.

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Election Reform
4:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Arkansas Governor Vetoes 3 Election Reform Bills

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) speaking to reporters after the veto of his voter ID bill was overridden by the legislature. King has sponsored several election reform related bills this session.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed three bills aimed at overhauling the state's election commission, including one that would create a "voter integrity unit" to investigate fraud complaints.

Beebe on Tuesday vetoed the three bills by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest. He rejected the measures after lawmakers recessed this year's legislative session.

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Ballot Initiatives
7:03 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Ballot Initiatives In Arkansas Could Become More Difficult With Proposed Amendment

Arkansas voters will get to decide whether to toughen the requirements to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot through the petition process after the state House gave final approval to the measure Friday.

Senate Joint Resolution 16 would require that signatures be 75 percent correct for petitioners to receive additional time to collect the full, required number of signatures.

Representative Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, said the amendment is needed in light of a high number of fake or incorrect names that were turned in on petitions before the last election.

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