Elections

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Early voting for a special election in Bentonville is underway. Election Day is Apr. 13. Voters are being asked to consider a bond extension that would support infrastructure and public safety improvement projects. A public meeting about the measure is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 8.

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A bill that would put new restrictions on absentee voting in Arkansas has advanced to the full House for a vote. Among a number of changes to the current system, House Bill 1715 from Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, would lower the number of absentee ballot applications a person can obtain without opening them up to allegation of voter fraud. Opponents say the bill doesn't seek to fix any actual issues with absentee voting.

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Arkansas state Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, has filed Senate Bill 485, which would reduce voting hours on Saturdays and close voting centers and polling places in Arkansas on Mondays before Election Day. Hammer says his measure will allow county election commissions to better prepare for Election Day, as well as check for any voting irregularities. Arkansas voting rights advocates claim such a law will make it harder to early vote.  

 

Arkansas Democrats are reducing filing fees for candidates for the third time since 2017. A spokesman for the Republican Party of Arkansas says the organization has no plans to follow suit. Arkansas has some of the most expensive filing fees in the country.

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Arkansas House Bill 1202, a bipartisan measure proposed by State Rep. Andrew Collins, D-Pulaski County, amends Arkansas election law to establish statewide online access to sample election ballots via the Arkansas Secretary of State Voter View portal.

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There were a lot of firsts in Northwest Arkansas during the General Election in November as voters cast their ballots for a diverse class of local candidates. That trend continued into a handful of runoff elections this month when voters in Bentonville chose Gayatri Agnew to serve on the City Council and D'Andre Jones won his election for City Council in Fayetteville.

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Ben Hovland, a Carroll County, Arkansas native who chairs the independent bipartisan U.S. Election Assistance Commission, has come forward to counter allegations made by President Trump that the 2020 presidential election was rigged to favor President-Elect Joe Biden. Hovland attributes a fair, accurate and record voter turnout — despite a raging pandemic — to thousands of dedicated bipartisan state and local election officials and volunteer poll workers. 

Courtesy / Evelyn Rios Stafford

Governmental bodies are becoming more diverse in some communities around the state. While the 15-member Washington County Quorum Court is losing one Hispanic Justice of the Peace, it’s gaining two more—Kenny Arredondo Loyola and Evelyn Rios Stafford. The latter also has the distinction of being the first openly transgender Arkansan elected to office in the Natural State.

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Last Tuesday, voters in Eureka Springs decided several controversial ballot measures and contested City Council races framed by economic and residential interests. We gather analysis from local business owner and retired Carroll County Justice of the Peace, Lamont Richie.

Following last week's General Election, Republicans continue to hold a majority in both the Arkansas House and Senate. Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, and John Brummett, a political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discuss what that means for the few Democrats in the legislature, as well as the upcoming redistricting in the state.

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