Ensuring Arkansas’ Future files lawsuit against casinos amendment
LITTLE ROCK – Ensuring Arkansas’ Future (EAF) filed a lawsuit Sept. 10 against the proposed state constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling to four Arkansas counties, Larry Page, executive director of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council (AFEC), announced in an email to supporters.
Page said AFEC makes up the membership of EAF, which includes the Families First Foundation and Family Council Action Committee, in addition to several individuals, four of which are registered voters in the four counties targeted for casinos, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson and Pope.
The lawsuit, filed by Little Rock attorney Scott Trotter on behalf of EAF, alleges that "the ballot title, which is all a voter has an opportunity to read in the ballot booth, fails significantly to give the voter a fair understanding of what he or she is being asked to vote on,” said Page.
“The complaint filed by Mr. Trotter cites numerous examples of how inadequately the ballot title summarizes the text of the proposed amendment,” Page said, adding, “Those deficiencies in the ballot title will not permit most voters to cast informed votes – a matter much too serious to leave to chance. Voters should not have to speculate on what the amendment provides and what it will do.”