- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says a special judge wrongfully ruled that signatures on a petition to increase the state’s minimum wage were OK.

Last week, a special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court said enough valid signatures were submitted to put the measure on the November ballot. But opponents disagreed with Special Master John B. Robbins’ findings, saying that about 8,500 names should’ve been tossed because a notary’s signature had been forged.

In a brief, a lawyer for the secretary of state’s office argues Robbins went beyond what he was supposed to do. Attorney A.J. Kelly says Robbins’ only responsibility was to “find facts.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1vEIjHS ) attorneys for the group behind the petition argue that Robbins’ ruling should stand.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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