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Signatures sufficient for casino measure; court fight continues

LITTLE ROCK — Professional poker player Nancy Todd exceeded the signature requirement for her proposed constitutional amendment on casino gambling by more than 17,000 signatures, the secretary of state’s office said Friday.

Whether Arkansans will get the opportunity to vote on the measure is in the hands of the state Supreme Court. Secretary of State Mark Martin has declared the measure legally insufficient to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot because of its wording, and Todd has appealed the ruling to the high court.

Todd submitted 95,687 valid signatures of registered Arkansas voters, Martha Adcock, director of elections for the secretary of state’s office, said Friday in a letter to Todd’s lawyer.

Todd needed at least 78,133 signatures for her proposed amendment to allow Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace and Entertainment Venues LLC to operate casinos in Crittenden, Franklin, Miller and Pulaski Counties.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Thursday but by Friday had not issued a ruling. It also had not ruled Friday in an appeal of Martin’s rejection of a separate proposed constitutional amendment that would allow casinos in seven counties.

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