2010 Arkansas Code
Title 23 - Public Utilities and Regulated Industries
Subtitle 4 - Miscellaneous Regulated Industries
Chapter 111 - Arkansas Greyhound Racing Law
Subchapter 3 - Franchises Generally
§ 23-111-304 - Elections.+

23-111-304. Elections.+

(a) (1) After receipt of the certification provided for in 23-111-302(e), the Secretary of State shall cause to be published, by one (1) insertion in a newspaper of general circulation published in each county of the state, not less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days before the next general election, a notice reading substantially as follows:

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(2) If there is no such newspaper published in any county, the notice may be published in any newspaper having a general circulation in the county.

(b) Within the time prescribed by law for the certification of other questions to be submitted to a vote of the people at a general election, the Secretary of State shall duly certify to the county boards of election commissioners of the several counties of the state the question as set forth in the notice provided for in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The county board of election commissioners of each county shall cause to be printed on the general election ballot the following:

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(d) The county boards of election commissioners shall canvass the vote and, as in the instance of other statewide measures voted on by the people, certify the results thereof to the Secretary of State who shall forthwith tabulate all returns so received by him or her and, by published notice in a newspaper having a statewide circulation, proclaim the result of the election, setting out in the proclamation the total vote for and against the question submitted as provided in subsection (c) of this section. The result of the election as so proclaimed shall be conclusive unless attacked in the courts within thirty (30) days after the date of publication of the proclamation. All contests in relation thereto shall be under the general election laws of this state.

(e) The Secretary of State shall file a certified copy of the proclamation with the Arkansas Racing Commission, and the commission shall immediately notify the corporation of the result of the election.

(f) If a majority of the qualified electors of the state voting on the question vote against authorizing the commission to grant the franchise to conduct greyhound racing in the county, the temporary franchise held by the corporation shall, ipso facto, be null and void as of the final date on which a contest of the results of the election may be commenced or, in the event of contest, upon the date of final determination of the issue.

(g) By use of the moneys deposited with the Secretary of State under the provisions of 23-111-302(e), the Secretary of State shall first pay the cost of publication of legal notices required under this section, and any funds which remain from the deposit shall be paid over in equal amounts to the treasurers of the several counties of the state for credit to the general fund.

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