The state Board of Election Commissioners has dismissed a complaint filed by a Drew County woman against the Drew County Clerk.
In a February 3 letter, Keith Rutledge, director of the state Board of Election Commissioners, informed Nancy Miller that her Nov. 4, 2016 complaint against Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge was dismissed because the complaint did not “clearly state an allegation that constituted a violation of election law.”
Miller claimed that Gulledge influenced voters to not cast a vote on 15 initiatives on the 2016 General Election ballot.
Though there were 15 local initiatives on the ballot, then Circuit Judge Don Glover, prior to the election, ruled that any votes cast for or against those petitions would not be counted.
The petitions failed to meet filing requirements. Specifically, the ballot title of each petition was insufficient and the substance of each of the petitions was contrary to the Arkansas Constitution and Arkansas law, according to a lawsuit filed to prevent the votes from being tallied.
A group of 13 Monticello business and community leaders had filed the lawsuit to try to keep 15 proposed city ordinances off of the Monticello ballot or to prevent the tallying and certification of any votes on those measures. Glover ruled in favor of the group.