Group Submits Signatures For Arkansas Casino Ballot Initiative
LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — A ballot committee called Arkansas Wins in 2016, which supports the passage of a constitutional amendment that would authorize casino gaming in three Arkansas counties, submitted signatures to the Secretary of State’s office Friday (July 8).
The group submitted 92,120 signatures for ballot qualification to bring casinos to Washington, Boone and Miller counties. The committee also exceeded the required threshold of signatures in more than 15 counties, according to a release from Arkansas Wins.
Amending the state constitution requires valid signatures from qualified voters equal to 10 percent of the total number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election and half the designated percentage from 15 different counties.
The committee needs at least 84,859 valid signatures to get the initiative on the ballot in November.
The Secretary of State’s office has 10 days to certify the signatures and if the group falls short, it will have 30 days to collect additional signatures.
In June, Arkansas Wins announced a partnership with Cherokee Nation Entertainment. If the initiative makes it on the ballot and if voters pass it, Cherokee Nation would operate the casino in Washington County.
Cherokee Nation operates nine casinos in Oklahoma, including Roland, Sallisaw, West Siloam Springs and Tahlequah.