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story.lead_photo.caption Leslie Rutledge, Republican nominee in the race for Arkansas attorney General, speaks at the Republican Party of Arkansas state convention in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP / DANNY JOHNSTON )

The Republican nominee for attorney general whose voter registration was canceled Tuesday is calling the act politically motivated.

Leslie Rutledge's registration was canceled after Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane's office learned she was also registered to vote in Washington, D.C. In a statement issued early Wednesday, Rutledge called the cancellation "desperate Chicago-style, partisan politics" meant to "disenfranchise" her. Crane is a Democrat.

"This lower-than-low act of political desperation shows just how far the Democratic Party and my opponent will go to try and win an election that they know they are losing," Rutledge said in the statement.

"Taking a person's right to vote away from them, as Democrat Larry Crane has done, is reprehensible and a desperate attempt to help the campaign of a Democratic candidate who lacks the experience and good judgment to protect the citizens of our great state."

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Wednesday that Crane's office began investigating last week after receiving word of the possible registration in Washington, D.C. The office later confirmed it, though Rutledge was listed as an "inactive" voter there, and canceled her registration late Tuesday afternoon. To be elected, a candidate must be eligible to vote in the election.

Rutledge, whose statement included a photo of her photo registration card issued in March 2013, said she has voted in four elections in the past year, noting that it "wasn't until I became a candidate for Attorney General against a Democratic opponent that our Democratic county clerk arbitrarily and without cause decided to remove me from the voter file."

Rutledge's statement said Crane under Arkansas law is required to notify clerks in other jurisdictions of the a voter's new registration.

"In my case, this was not done," she said.


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  • LawyerLynn04271145
    October 1, 2014 at 6:55 a.m.

    Dirty politics, Democrat style.

    October 1, 2014 at 7:41 a.m.

    Another crooked politician caught. Why can they not just own up to it instead of pointing fingers? It only makes them look worse.

    October 1, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.

    This is the danger with government gone wild. The gov doesn't do what it is required to do, then uses it's failure with partisan politics to attack opponents. This is so obvious that Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane should lose his job.

    October 1, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

    Assuming you meant Rutledge; what is she suppose to own up too? Did you read the article? Have you ever lived and voted elsewhere? It is the the county clerks responsibility to notify the other voting district. Using this tactic I expect to be removed any day since I have lived and voted all over the country and have never notified the district I left to remove me from the voter registration.

  • PopMom
    October 1, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.

    I'm with the Republicans on this one. Nobody cancels their registration when they move. You just register at your new address. As long as you only vote in one jurisdiction and you are a legal resident of that jurisdiction, you should be good to go. You should not have to send a letter to the old jurisdiction taking your name off the roles.

    October 1, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.

    What can she own up to? Clear it up!! Show that she has not voted at multiple locations in the same election. When running for office, you will be examined. If one is stupid enough to think you will not be, then guess what? Is it not there ego that trips them up most times? All she has to do is provide the proof. We don't change our voting registration but if we are a politician, your held to a higher standard and one must make sure your have a clean trail. I hope she can clear this up. Then Crane is going to look really bad. Otherwise, Crane did his job.

  • tpinter63comcastnet
    October 1, 2014 at 8:12 a.m.

    looks like somebody doesn't want a woman to be next Attorney General of Arkansas. where is the sexist outrage?

  • pcrasehotmailcom
    October 1, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

    Does Mr. Crane have a D or R next to his name? Let me guess.

  • TomN
    October 1, 2014 at 8:59 a.m.

    Speaking as an Independent, and one already decidedly not voting for Rutledge, this says more about Crane, the Democratic party, and just smacks of lower than usual dirty politics. Many, like myself, have lived in other states and countries. And could still very well be "registered" to vote elsewhere, if the local Clerk has NOT done his/her job. It is therefore actually quite possible that Crane did not do his job (Can Clerks be impeached?) or that the other clerk failed to do his/her job. And why would the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette not have vetted this story, bringing balance to the story, and pointed out the reasons why a person could quite possibly be registered as a possible voter elsewhere? This story makes me question both the motives of the ADG and the quality of its journalism and editorial staff.

  • 3rdWorldState
    October 1, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

    "Taking a person's right to vote away from them..."
    This is about the integrity of the voting process! Hilarious.