Disqualification of ballot initiative sparks questions

Disqualification of ballot initiative sparks questions
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Supreme Court of Arkansas disqualified Issue 7 from the November ballot Thursday. The Supreme Court cited signature complications for the disqualification.

In Craighead County, it sparked a lot of phone calls to the Election Annex.

"It's definitely made things interesting," County Clerk Kade Holliday said. "We've had a lot of people call in very interested in the whole process. The Supreme Court is able to do that with any issue at any time if there are cases present. They decided to rule on this one today."

Holliday said when you go to the polls to vote, the disqualification of Issue 7 won't affect what your ballot looks like.

"What will happen is we'll actually end up suppressing the votes on that, just like we are on 4 and 5," Holliday said. "It's too late and the deadline has passed so we can't take anything off the ballot at this point. Even though people will be able to vote on it, those votes will not count at the end of the night and they won't be reported."

Holliday said after the Supreme Court's decision, they received numerous questions regarding which medical marijuana proposals were affected.

"They wanted to make sure both of those issues weren't kicked off the ballot, but it was only 7 that was taken off the ballot," Holliday said. "Most people just want to understand why did it happen, how did we get here and it really just deals a lot with the Supreme Court, deciding that this was the time they wanted to rule on it."

Holliday said while Issues 6 and 7 were the top vote getters from the initiative standpoint, there are still numerous hot races in Craighead County to draw people to the polls.

"With the presidential race, which has drawn in a lot of response, a six-way race for mayor, and also the county judge's race," Holliday said. "The Representative 58 race has a lot of people interested as well."

Holliday urged people to come out to the polls to make their voices heard.

You can early vote until November 7 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Election Day is November 8.

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