Arkansas immigration proposal falls short of signatures

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July 9, 2010

Signatures under scrutiny

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: The immigration issue will not be decided by Arkansas voters after all, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State's website. Secure Arkansas had sponsored a measure that would have banned most illegal immigrants from receiving benefits given by the state, but the ban would not extend to children under 14 years of age. The measure, however, fell short of the required amount of signatures needed in order to make the ballot. Initially, the group had submitted 78,000 signatures, more than the 77,468 needed for an initiated constitutional amendment. However after verifying signatures, which had to be from registered voters living in the state, the Secretary of State's office found that only 67,542 were valid.

Reports out of the state claimed that the Arkansas Secretary of State's office had hired an outside accounting firm to count the signatures turned in. The office had 30 days after the deadline, which was July 2, 2010, to inform sponsors if the measure made the ballot. Secure Arkansas was the only one of the three circulating initiatives to file signatures by the deadline.[1]

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