LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A businessman is suing Arkansas election officials for rejecting petitions for his proposal to have exclusive rights to operate casinos in the state.
Michael Wasserman on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to order the secretary of state's office to give him more time to gather signatures for his proposed constitutional amendment. Election officials last month said Wasserman failed to turn in the 78,133 signatures needed to place his measure on the fall ballot.
Wasserman's proposal is one of two competing casino ballot measures proposed. It would give him exclusive rights to operate casinos in seven counties in Arkansas.
Wasserman's lawsuit says the state improperly applied a requirement that signatures from at least 15 counties equal at least 5 percent of the votes cast in the last governor's election.