LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is pushing legislative proposals that would toughen the penalties for fraudulently gathering signatures for a ballot measure and require more disclosures from those working on ballot question campaigns.
McDaniel said Thursday that recent initiative petition campaigns revealed "severe" problems with forged and fraudulent signatures. In one case, he said a single petition had more than 100 repeat signatures with some voters' names appearing as many as 30 times.
The proposals filed by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram would make it a felony to write someone else's name on a petition or knowingly pay someone in exchange for a signature. They would also require a ballot question committee to disclose information about their financial contributors and the names of their paid canvassers.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.