A poker proposal has been issued in the state of Arkansas has been rejected by election officials. The proposal will not make the November ballot as state officials have rejected the addition of the measure on the fall ballot.
The information on the rejection of the proposal was produced in an article by Andrew DeMillo and more information can be read at CNBC.com. The information stated the Mark Martin, the Secretary of State in Arkansas, has rejected the measure because of certain language contained in the measure. Martin consulted Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on the issue and McDaniel stated that it was unclear as to what impact the new casinos in the measure would have on the legal electronic gambling options currently offered at the dog tracks. Because of this, Martin’s office ruled that the entire proposed measure to be rejected and not allow it to be included on the November ballot.
Nancy Todd has been the leader behind the new measure and she was not fazed by the block of the measure. Todd commented: “We knew in January it was going to come down to the (state) Supreme Court, so that’s where we’ll head. The people should be deciding this issue. It shouldn’t be tied up in any kind of political quagmire. The people should have a right to vote on this issue.”
Todd first introduced the new measure earlier this year. A petition was created to place the measure on the November ballot and would create four new poker locations in the state of Arkansas. Todd had to produce 73,000 signatures which could be verified and just over 80,000 were produced by the filing periods end. However, only a small portion of the signatures could be verified.
Todd then had another month to produce the signatures needed and has now submitted just over 121,000 signatures to the board. The signatures will now be reviewed despite the fact that the measure has been rejected for the ballot.
The signatures are going to be verified because Todd is now threatening to head to court on the issue. The laws of Arkansas state that if Todd can file a lawsuit by today, election officials will have to certify the ballot proposal and keep it on the slate while the case is taken to court. This has happened in the past in the state.
Even if Todd is able to get her case into the court system the measure may still be waived from the ballot. It will all depend on how quickly the courts act in this instance.
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