Judge eases Arkansas petition signature rule due to pandemic

Tuesday, Region 8 News at 6 p.m., Group petitions due to pandemic, 5/26/2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has eased some petition rules for initiative campaigns, including a group trying to get a redistricting measure on the ballot.

The group says the coronavirus pandemic has made gathering signatures nearly impossible.

U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes issued a preliminary injunction Monday that prevents the state from enforcing a requirement that signatures be witnessed in person.

Holmes, however, declined other requests by the group that included pushing back the deadline for submitting signatures by a month and allowing electronic signatures.

The group has until July 3 to gather at least 89,151 valid signatures.

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