Arkansas filing deadline moved

On March 1 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed bill HB 1532 , moving the deadline for a newly-qualified political party to choose its candidates from November of the year prior to a general election to May of the election year.

For years, the deadline for choosing candidates for a newly-qualified party had been in May, but in 2015 the state legislature moved the deadline to November of the year before the election. Despite the early deadline, the earliest in the nation, the Arkansas LP was still able to get 24 candidates on the ballot for the 2016 election.

Last September, a US District Court judge ruled that the November filing deadline was unconstitutional.

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this news.