2010 Arkansas Code
Title 7 - Elections
Chapter 7 - Nominations and Primary Elections
Subchapter 2 - Primary Elections Generally
§ 7-7-203 - Dates.

7-7-203. Dates.

(a) The general primary election shall be held on the second Tuesday in June preceding the general election.

(b) The preferential primary election shall be held on the Tuesday three (3) weeks before the general primary election.

(c) (1) Party pledges, if any, shall be filed and any filing fees of a political party, if any, shall be paid during regular office hours in the period beginning at 12:00 noon on the first weekday in March and ending at 12:00 noon on the seventh day thereafter before the preferential primary election.

(2) A party certificate and the political practice pledge for primary elections shall be filed with the county clerk or the Secretary of State, as the case may be, during regular office hours in the period beginning at 12:00 noon on the first weekday in March and ending at 12:00 noon on the seventh day thereafter before the preferential primary election.

(3) The name of a candidate who fails to file a party certificate by the filing deadline with the Secretary of State or county clerk, as the case may be, shall not appear on the ballot.

(4) Party pledges, if any, shall be filed, filing fees, if any, shall be paid, and party certificates and political practice pledges shall be filed for special primary elections on or before the deadline established by proclamation of the Governor.

(d) (1) At least seventy (70) days before the preferential primary election, the Secretary of State shall certify to the various county committees and to the various county boards of election commissioners a list of the names of all candidates who have filed party certificates with the Secretary of State within the time required by law.

(2) At least seventy (70) days before the preferential primary election, the county clerk shall certify to the county committees and to the county board of election commissioners a list of the names of all candidates who have filed party certificates with the county clerk within the time required by law.

(e) (1) The county board of election commissioners shall convene, at the time specified in the notice to the members given by the chair of the board, no later than the tenth day after each primary election for the purpose of canvassing the returns and certifying the election results.

(2) If no time is specified for the meeting of the county board of election commissioners, the meeting shall be at 5:00 p.m.

(f) The county convention of a political party holding a primary election shall be held on the first Monday following the date of the general primary election.

(g) (1) The county board of election commissioners shall certify to the county clerk and the county committee a list of all nominated candidates for county, township, and municipal offices, and the political parties' county committee members and delegates.

(2) At the same time, the county board of election commissioners shall certify to the Secretary of State and the secretary of the state committee the results of the contests for all United States, state, and district offices. Immediately after ascertaining the results for all United States, state, and district offices, the Secretary of State shall certify to the state committee a list of all nominated candidates for the offices.

(h) (1) (A) The Secretary of State shall at least one hundred (100) days before the date of the general election notify by registered mail the chair and secretary of the state committee of the respective political parties that a certificate of nomination is due for all nominated candidates for United States, state, and district offices in order that the candidates' names be placed on the ballot of the general election.

(B) (i) The state committee shall issue certificates of nomination to all nominated candidates for United States, state, and district offices, who shall file the certificates with the Secretary of State at least ninety (90) days before the general election.

(ii) However, if the chair and secretary of the state committee of the respective political parties are not properly notified as directed by subdivision (h)(1)(A) of this section, the failure of a candidate to file a certificate of nomination by the deadline shall not prevent that candidate's name from being placed on the ballot of the general election.

(2) (A) Each county clerk shall at least ninety (90) days before the date of the general election notify by registered mail the chairs and secretaries of the county committees of the respective political parties that a certified list of all nominated candidates for county, township, and municipal offices is due and shall be filed with the county clerk in order that the candidates' names be placed on the ballot for the general election.

(B) (i) Each county committee shall issue the certified list on behalf of those nominated candidates and submit the certified list to the county clerk at least eighty (80) days before the general election.

(ii) However, if the chairs and secretaries of the county committees of the respective political parties are not properly notified as directed by subdivision (h)(2)(A) of this section, the failure of a certified list to be filed by the deadline shall not prevent any candidate's name from being placed on the ballot of the general election.

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