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Ballot-printing to wait while Occupy candidates seek certification

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published August 24, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.

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Attorney David Couch speaks beside Occupy Little Rock member Kaitlin Lott after a hearing Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

— Two Occupy Little Rock members who were not certified for the ballot for at-large Little Rock city director positions will submit affidavits in a bid to show they should be allowed to run, officials agreed at a court hearing Friday.

A judge will then decide next week whether Kaitlin Lott and Adam Lanksy should be certified as candidates.

An attorney for the pair filed a motion Thursday seeking their certification after the city clerk determined neither had enough signatures from registered, eligible voters to qualify for the race.

Lott and Lansky each handed in more than the required 50 signatures, but each petition had several names stricken when the address listed on the form didn't match voter registration records.

David Couch, an attorney representing Lott and Lansky, countered that the stricken signatures should be counted if they belong to registered voters in Little Rock who simply have outdated voter registration information.

In a hearing Friday morning before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody, the two sides agreed to delay printing of the ballots while Couch submits affidavits from the signers in question affirming their status as eligible city voters.

"Our position is they're registered voters," Couch said. "They count."

The printing of the ballot has been delayed until next Friday at the earliest so the issue can be resolved. The affidavits are to be turned in by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Lott and Lansky will be allowed to participate in drawing names for position on the ballot, an event scheduled Friday afternoon.

Lanksy filed for the at-large Position 8 seat currently held by Joan Adcock while Lott filed for the at-large Position 10 seat currently held by Dean Kumpuris.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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DoWhat says... August 24, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

The only comment I can come up with is..........wait for it......wait for it......LOL

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rbrooks715 says... August 24, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.

so many americans are not aware that the real problem in politics is the inability to have someone placed on the ballot. which is why we keep getting the same old career crooks to choose from.

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CordisK says... August 24, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.

The guy has obviously been bought and paid for by the Arkansas Fast Food industry. I smell corruption. And french fries.

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Anon74 says... August 24, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.

Sounds like they should have had the forethought to get at least double the signatures they needed...

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Hogdude says... August 24, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.

I love cows, too, but I leave my T-shirt at home.

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nandtbearden says... August 24, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

Over the past year, my involvement in a ballot initiative and other political organizing have led me to understand that the hoops citizens must jump through to be engaged, active citizens; to demand redress of grievances; and to engage in the legislative process are onerous and obsolete. We need to reform this system. BTW, for those in LR, Kaitlin plans to run a strictly volunteer-driven campaign. I'm not sure whether Adam is doing the same. Kudos to both Adam and Kaitlin for seeing this through. I'd vote for you both but I live in S. Arkansas. Look for their pages on Facebook, if you'd like to help.

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occupycitycouncil says... August 24, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

the guy in the t-shirt is not Lansky or Lott, he's a bystander.

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DoWhat says... August 24, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.

@occupycitycouncil...
It really doesn't matter.....this photo is why the folks up north think we are goobers here in Arkansas....

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Ferdinand says... August 24, 2012 at 12:51 p.m.

@occupycitycouncil
Bystander? I'd be willing to be his signature is on both of those petitions...

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SteveInsurgent says... August 24, 2012 at 1:10 p.m.

I am glad to see people starting to take interest in politics. Unlike some of the idiots posting on here. I do not see them trying to change the world. I hope they follow what the people they are representing want and not there for their own fame.

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