State Panel Declines to Pay Full Amount for St. Francis County Voting

SEPTEMBER 9, 2004 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The State Board of Elections Commissioners is acting on allegations of violations by St. Francis County elections officials.

The panel says the St. Francis officials broke state laws setting out procedures for elections.  The state panel is holding back money it could have paid to the county for expenses of holding party primaries.

The board's staff said it found 24 violations of laws related to election processes and procedures.  And that does not include eight other possible violations.  Similar violations were alleged in 2002.

The state is questioning the certification of results of the primary vote in the county earlier this year.

Board members decided to give the county another chance in the November 2 general election.  The panel voted 4-to-1 to withhold almost $6,000 in reimbursement expenses for the primaries.

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