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Sanders’ LEARNS act gets detention!
Gov. Sarah Sanders’ controversial LEARNS act – which is basically about school vouchers and privatization - got sent to the principal's office on Friday after a Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright granted a temporary restraining order.
A June 20 hearing will decide if the votes on the bill were taken lawfully. This gives us another opportunity to ring in with our legislators, giving our opinion on this controversial bill.
Read more about it in the Arkansas Times.
Paper ballots push - what's next, rotary telephones?
There’s a push on across the country to switch to paper ballots as a result of the right-wing belief that the 2020 election and some subsequent elections were somehow stolen. If you came to the May 19 Fun’Raiser, you heard Josh Price talk about the pitfalls of paper versus electronic voting – watch for more about this issue from Josh in this month’s Dem Club newsletter.
The quorum court in Cleburne County in Arkansas has already voted 6-4 to go to paper ballots.
Conrad Reynolds, the CEO of Arkansas Voter Integrity Initiative Inc., says voters in Arkansas don’t know their vote is being counted properly and he is on a mission to get all 75 Arkansas counties to make the same decision. Reynolds lost a Republican primary race against U.S. Rep. French Hill and of course immediately filed a lawsuit blaming Arkansas voting machinery.
Reynolds says anytime a computer is involved “you have potential for fraud.” What he doesn’t tell you is anytime you have a paper ballot and a waste basket or an eraser and a pencil, you have an even bigger potential for fraud.
Another voice being heard in Arkansas is Kari Lake, the 2022 failed gubernatorial candidate in Arizona, who, like Trump, couldn’t face up to being a loser in an election. She’s now campaigning across the country for a move to paper ballots.
Since a decision to go to paper ballots is a county decision, you are urged to let your Justice of the Peace know that you are not in favor of a move backwards to paper ballots. Contact information is below:
The Saline County Quorum Court meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Saline County Courthouse in Courtroom #3.
Contact info for Saline County JPs: https://www.salinecounty.org/plugins/show_image.php?id=2940
The Garland County Quorum Court meets on the second Monday of each month
Contact information for Garland County JPs https://www.garlandcounty.org/Directory.aspx?did=37