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BCEC admits violating FOIA over recount, Patriot emails reveal political push for paper ballots

The Baxter County Election Commission’s decision to conduct a recount and audit of the May 9 election appears to have been made through a series of unofficial and undocumented meetings spanning the length of a year and a half. Following an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for meeting minutes surrounding the commission’s decision…

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Election Commissioners drag feet in turning over election data

The two new Republican Commissioners for the Baxter County Election Commission are lagging to fulfill their public pledges of transparency. Newly elected in February, both commissioners were Ozark Patriot picks. Following Tuesday’s election, both Republican Commissioners Bill Andres and Lynn Weaver repeatedly pushed off turning over documented elections results to the Observer and other members…

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BC Election Commissioners found to have violated election law by State Election Commission

A recent investigation by state investigators with the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners has concluded that members of the Baxter County Election Commission violated state election laws during 2022’s primary season. The State Board of Election Commissioners (SBEC) opened an investigation into the Baxter County Election Commission (BCEC) after a complaint was filed by…

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