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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Senate passes Garner bill to make ballot access harder for political parties

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 2:25 PM

The Senate voted 27-7 today to pass Republican Sen. Trent Garner's bill to increase the difficulty for a political party to qualify for the ballot in Arkansas.

His bill would raise petititon signature requirements for ballot access from 10,000 to 3 percent of the vote for governor, or about 27,000 based on 2018.

The vote was on party lines, except that Democrat Sen. Greg Leding joined Republicans in supporting the bill. If it passes the House I like the chances of a lawsuit by the Libertarian Party, whose earlier lawsuit some years ago led to the 10,000-signature requirement. I never heard a good reason for a need to make access harder. The Libertarian gubernatorial candidate came within a hair of qualifying the party for automatic access with a 2.9 percent vote in 2018.

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