Backers of Arkansas casino expansion ask to drop challenge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow 16 more casinos in Arkansas say they are dropping a challenge of a decision not to include the proposal on the November ballot.

“Arkansas Wins in 2020 has filed a motion for a voluntary nonsuit and will not be taking further legal action,” Taylor Riddle, a spokesman for the committee, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas Wins in 2020 had challenged Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston’s refusal to place the question on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The proposal was one of three Thurston rejected in July saying it did not comply with a state law requiring campaigns to certify their signatures gatherers had passed background checks.

The state's high court on July 31 appointed a retired circuit judge as special master to review disputes raised in the Arkansas Wins in 2020 committee’s challenge of the secretary of state’s ruling.

Arkansas Wins attorney Todd Wooten signed an affidavit with the secretary of state’s office certifying that the committee turned in 97,039 signatures. A proposed amendment would require 89,151 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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