State Mulls Making Counties Pay for General Elections

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Election officials say they may ask state government to pick up general election costs for Arkansas' 75 counties, a proposal that could cost more than $2 million annually.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels and one of his office's attorneys, Tim Humphries, said in a conference in Hot Springs today they are working on legislation that would require each county to appoint an election coordinator to be paid for by the state.  A similar election coordinator proposal failed in the Legislature last year.

Daniels says the state pays costs for the primary and should do the same for the general election.

Under the proposal, any county that used a coordinator not certified by the state could lose its funding.

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