Arkansas Petition to Vote on Abortion Rights Amendment Denied

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston (R) has rejected petitions to put an abortion access measure on the ballot this fall, saying it was a procedural error by the organizing group.

Arkansans for Limited Government collected more than 100,000 signatures in support of a ballot proposal to legalize abortion up to 18 weeks after conception, with exceptions after that in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality or threat of physical harm to the pregnant patient. The group has faced significant challenges in promoting its initiative for a constitutional amendment in what is sometimes ranked as the “most pro-life state in America.”

Thurston said the group failed to file a document naming the paid canvassers and a signed statement confirming that the paid canvassers had been given the required information about their role. He added that when the signatures collected by paid canvassers were removed, the number was reduced to 87,382, below the threshold for inclusion on the ballot of 90,704.

“Because you failed in this first step, it is my duty to reject your submission,” he wrote in a letter to the group.

Arkansans for Limited Government said in a rack after it was found to have met the requirements and that it “will fight this ridiculous attempt at disqualification with everything we have.”

The group also said it cooperated with the Secretary of State's office throughout the process and used statements provided by the office to provide the state with a list of paid recruiters and the required information regarding their employment.

“To now claim that we failed to provide the required documentation regarding paid recruiters is absurd and demonstrably and undeniably false,” the report said.

The group said it had emailed the required signed statement to the office “more than a dozen times.”

Thurston's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Anti-abortion Republicans in Arkansas expressed their approval of Thurston's decision. Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Proponents of liberal abortion rights in Arkansas “proved themselves both immoral and incompetent.”

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin said in a social media post that “failure to comply with such a basic requirement is inexcusable.” He added that abortion rights advocates “have no one to blame but themselves.”

“As I have long said, changing the Arkansas Constitution requires a rigorous process, as it should, and it requires sponsors to abide by all applicable laws and regulations,” he said.

Abortion will be on the ballots in about a dozen states in November, when voters have been asked to vote on the issue since the Supreme Court's decision to Roe vs. Wade In June 2022, they largely approved measures aimed at preserving or expanding access to abortion, and rejected measures aimed at restricting access to abortion, even in the more conservative states.

Hannah Knowles contributed to this report.

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