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Ark. panel advances election commission bills

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas Senate committee has advanced measures that would allow the state to remove local election commissioners and would expand the membership of the state Board of Election Commissioners.

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved the measures by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest. The bills are aimed at overhauling the state Board of Election Commissioners.

One proposal would allow the public to file complaints about county election commissioners. The state Board of Election Commissioners would be required to investigate the complaint and determine if the county commissioner should be removed.

The other bill would change the makeup of the state Board of Election Commissioners and add two new spots to the panel. Both bills head to the Senate for a vote.

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