Arkansas casino proposal short on signatures

Jul 31, 2018 3:00 AM

In Arkansas, supporters of a proposal to expand casino offerings in the state have been given 30 more days to circulate petitions seeking signatures to get their proposal on the November ballot.

Friday, the Secretary of State’s office told the group behind the proposed constitutional amendment it has fallen short of the 84,859 signatures needed from registered voters to qualify, ruling the casino supporters had turned in only 70,054 valid signatures.

The proposal would legalize expanded casino gambling at Oaklawn Park, the Hot Springs thoroughbred racetrack, and a West Memphis dog track. Both already offer video poker and other electronic games. However, it would also legalize casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties, a move both track owners have previously opposed.

Driving Arkansas Forward, the group behind the measure, says it’s confident it can gather enough signatures during the extra 30 days.