(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston issued the following statement following Governor Hutchinson’s announcement yesterday that $8.24 million in state funds were being released to fund new voting equipment in accordance with Act 808 of 2019, passed by the Legislature, earlier this year:
“I am excited to learn that Governor Hutchinson has released the funds necessary to complete the state’s commitment to the funding of election equipment for the counties in need. We appreciate his heart in this matter, as we are also thankful to Senate Pro Tem Jim Hendren, House Speaker Matthew Shepherd and others that supported meeting this need. We are hopeful that the individual counties are in a position to take full advantage of this watershed moment in our state’s history. My office looks forward to assisting the counties in completing this process. It is a process that will aid all of the state leadership’s efforts and hopes toward providing the most secure voting experience possible.”
Earlier this week, Secretary Thurston and his staff met with county judges, clerks, and election commissioners from the 21 counties that will benefit from the release of these funds.