Group Must Collect Thousands of Signatures by Aug 15 to Get Minimum Wage Increase on Ballot

LITTLE ROCK - It's a last minute scramble for the folks trying to get an act to increase the Arkansas minimum wage on the November ballot.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the initiative did not meet the required 62,507 valid signatures after the verification process.

The group now has until August 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures.

In order to be considered valid, there must be sufficient signatures from 15 of the 75 counties across Arkansas along with an affidavit filed with us stating the number of Petition Parts and the total number of signatures, according to the Secretary of State Office.

Earlier this month, the ballot issue had gathered more than enough signatures but thousands of those signatures were invalidated during the verification process.

Here is a list of what causes an entire page of petition signatures to be invalidated:

Photocopy, not an original;
Not signed by a Canvasser;
A petition part signed by more than 1 Canvasser;
Not signed by a Canvasser under oath;
Canvasser’s verification dated earlier than the date the petition was signed by a Petitioner;
Not notarized;
Lacking a notary seal;
A petition part is lacking a notary signature or is notarized by more than 1 Notary;
A forged notary or Canvasser signature;
A notary notarizing his or her own signature;
A notary using the Great Seal of Arkansas;
Failure to attach a legible copy of the entire text of the measure to each Petition sheet containing signatures;
Failure to attach the popular name and ballot title to each petition sheet containing signatures;
If litigated, a challenger may claim that the Canvasser failed to sign the affidavit in the presence of the notary;
If litigated, a challenger may claim that the affidavit of the Canvasser is false.

The proposed Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative seeks to increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2015, to $8 on January 1, 2016 and to $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.

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