Martin Backs Considering Primary In Arkansas Redistricting Lawsuit

The Associated Press


Secretary of State Mark Martin is supporting a state lawmaker’s request that the May primary results be considered in a lawsuit challenging the new boundaries of an east Arkansas Senate district.

An attorney for Martin’s office on Wednesday said the secretary of state supports state Sen. Jack Crumbly’s motion that federal judges consider the results when weighing Crumbly’s lawsuit challenging the redistricting map. Crumbly lost the Democratic primary for his seat to state Rep. Keith Ingram.

Martin’s attorney, however, opposed re-opening the case to consider any additional testimony.

Martin is the only Republican on the Board of Apportionment and voted against the new lines. Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel are Democrats on the board and voted for the boundaries. Beebe and McDaniel have opposed Crumbly’s motion.