Arkansas Elections

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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Voter ID
2:40 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas House Overrides Governor's Veto of Voter ID Bill

The Arkansas House on Monday completed an override of Governor Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would require Arkansas voters to present photo identification before casting ballots.

The override passed the chamber, 52-45.

The vote was down party lines accept for the vote of Rep. Fred Love, D-Little Rock, who later asked to have his vote expunged indicating that it was a mistake.

Rep. Steven Meeks, R-Greenbrier, spoke for the bill saying voters want the added protection from fraud surrounding the voting process.

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Voter ID
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Arkansas Senate Overrides Governor's Voter ID Veto

Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forest) speaking to reporters after his bill to require voters to show photo ID before voting passed a vote to override the Governor's veto Wednesday.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Arkansas Senate voted 21-12 Wednesday to override the Governor's veto of a bill that would require voters in the state to present valid photo identification before casting a ballot.

This is the third veto the Senate has overridden this legislative session. The other two were on abortion restrictions.

The Senate delivered a letter announcing the override to the House of Representatives which also has to vote to override the veto.

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Public Opinion
3:41 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Still Unsupportive of Gay Marriage

Gay marriage supporters

As the Supreme Court considers the legality of gay marriage this week, the latest national polls show an increasing majority of Americans support same-sex unions. Arkansas, meanwhile, remains largely divided over the issue with a majority who say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.

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Voter ID
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Next Stop For Voter ID In Arkansas: The Governor's Desk

Sen. Bryan King waits before the chamber voted on the voter ID bill.
Credit Nathan Vandiver

A bill to require Arkansas voters to show a valid photo ID before casting a ballot is on it’s way to the Governor after clearing its final hurdle in the Senate today.

The bill was already passed by the Senate, but it picked up an amendment in the House, so today’s vote was to adopt the amendment. The measure passed 22-12.

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Voter ID Legislation
7:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fierce Debate Precedes Passage Of Voter ID Bill In House

Rep. Stephen Meeks presents Voter ID bill before the Arkansas House.

After a series of impassioned arguments for and against, the Arkansas House today passed a bill that would require all voters to show some form of photo I.D. each time they vote. The bill received 51 yeas to 44 nays.

There were questions as to whether the bill required a two-thirds majority to pass as some had suggested it might be a change to the state's constitution.

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Campaign Ethics
1:46 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Panel Rejects Campaign Finance Proposals

Sen. Bruce Maloch (D-Magnolia) wanted to tighten controls on campaign contributions in the state.
Credit Arkansas State Legislature /

A Senate panel has rejected measures that would have prohibited using campaign funds to buy tickets to another candidate's event and barred campaign contributions from businesses sharing the same majority owner.

On Tuesday, the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected by a voice vote the campaign finance measures by Democratic Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia.

The first proposal was aimed at preventing campaigns from transferring funds to another candidate by purchasing tickets to fundraisers and other events.

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6:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Arkansas AG Backs Several New Election Reforms

From left to right: Sen. Keith Ingram, AG Dustin McDaniel and Rep. Fred Love speak speak to the press about their package of election reform legislation.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is putting his support behind legislation that he says will reduce fraud in the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel and Sen. Keith Ingram, a Democrat from West Memphis, told reporters at the Capitol Thursday that proposed legislation would stiffen penalties for knowingly collecting and submitting fraudulent signatures within the state’s ballot initiative process.

McDaniel referred to last year’s election is a prime example that the process needs reform.

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