Ark. lawmaker convicted in vote fraud case resigns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An east Arkansas lawmaker has resigned his seat a week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Rep. Hudson Hallum submitted his resignation letter Wednesday to Gov. Mike Beebe's office. Hallum pleaded guilty in federal court last week along with his father and two campaign workers. Hallum and the others said in court they participated in a conspiracy to bribe voters to influence the outcome of special elections held last year in Arkansas House District 54.

Hallum, a Democrat, was elected to the office last year in a special election. In the one paragraph letter, Hallum wrote that his resignation would be effective at noon Wednesday and did not mention the guilty plea.

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