LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An ethics initiative embraced by Arkansas' top Democrats and Republicans has failed to qualify for the ballot, while supporters of casino legalization and tax hike proposals have turned in thousands of signatures in an effort to take their measures before voters this November.
Friday was the deadline for groups to submit petitions for their ballot measures. It'll take up to a month before they'll know if they met the requirements to qualify. Election officials have up to 30 days to verify that the signatures come from registered Arkansas voters.
The proposed casino amendment needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify. The severance tax proposal and a medical marijuana measure that has already been submitted are initiated acts and need at least 62,507 signatures.