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Ark. election officials reject casino measure

Arkansas election officials say a casino legalization proposal isn't sufficient to appear on the November ballot. But a potential legal challenge by the amendment's chief supporter could force them to keep it there while a court reviews the decision.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas election officials say a casino legalization proposal isn't sufficient to appear on the November ballot. But a potential legal challenge by the amendment's chief supporter could force them to keep it there while a court reviews the decision.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday rejected the revised language for professional poker player Nancy Todd's proposed amendment. The move came hours after Todd submitted additional signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Todd's proposal would give her exclusive rights to operate casinos in four counties.

The secretary of state's office said the law requires it to certify the measure for the ballot if she challenges the measure in court by Thursday. Todd said she planned to file a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court.

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