|Updated: 8/20/2012 11:32 am
||Published: 8/20/2012 11:26 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chief backer of a proposal to raise Arkansas' severance tax on natural gas says he won't make the deadline to submit more signatures for his proposal to appear on the November ballot.
Sheffield Nelson said Monday that he won't be able to turn in the more than 40,000 additional signatures needed to qualify his measure for the November ballot. Election officials last month said that that only 21,347 of the 69,774 signatures submitted by Nelson's group, the Committee for a Fair Severance Tax, were valid. The proposed initiated act needed at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify.
Nelson had been given until Monday to submit more petitions.
Nelson suspended his signature gathering efforts last month, but had left open the possibility he would turn in more signatures.
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