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Hearing scheduled in case about ex-Ark. lawmaker

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge in central Arkansas could decide whether votes will be counted for a former state lawmaker who resigned this year after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Green Party candidate Fred Smith initially asked a judge to remove former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum's name from the ballot after Hallum pleaded guilty to a federal charge and resigned from the state House.

However, Hallum's name is already on the ballot and the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, which is Election Day.

Smith is running for state House District 50, which covers parts of Crittenden and Cross counties in eastern Arkansas.

If votes are counted for Hallum and he receives the most votes in November, it would create a vacancy in office that would trigger a special election.

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