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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Todd to turn in 100,000 additional signatures for casino initiative

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

In a statement, business woman Nancy Todd said that she plans to submit over 100,000 signatures today to the Secretary of State in support of her ballot initiative, a constitutional amendment to give a group she represents four exclusive casino licenses in Arkansas.

Todd submitted 80,000 signatures in July, but the Secretary of State's office only certified 23,616. She needs 78,133 to qualify for the ballot, which means she'll need a much better success rate per signature than she had in in July in this second round.

UPDATE: Todd submitted 121,000 signatures today and told the Secretary of State's office that she'd sue if the revised language of her ballot proposal was rejected. The original language of Todd's proposal was rejected by state election officials, and she filed revised language last week.

UPDATE II: Stop Casinos Now! Committee spokesman Robert McLarty offers the following statement:

"The fact of the matter is, Vegas-insider Nancy Todd's poorly written ballot proposal has been determined insufficient by the Secretary of State, and removed from the ballot. She secured another 120,000 signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment with language that was determined insufficient.

"In fact, a prosecuting attorney and other law enforcement officers are investigating questionable practices relating to the signatures gathered in an effort to place Nancy Todd's proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot."

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