LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A panel that Secretary of State Mark Martin asked to review operations of his office has produced a report that says the office should respond faster when county clerks ask for help.
The report released Tuesday says clerks complained that calls with election-related questions usually went to voice mail and messages weren't promptly returned.
Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Curtis Coleman, who is considering a run for governor, led the 10-member group.
The panel suggested hiring more staff for the elections division.
The report calls the Capitol Police a "top-heavy organization" that does more security work than law enforcement and said its staff can be reduced.
The group also suggests getting rid of the Capitol Gift Shop and dropping an employee from the communication and education division.
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