- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A local election official in Arkansas said Thursday he won’t reverse his decision to cancel Republican attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge’s voter registration over her being on voter rolls out of state, telling the GOP candidate she’ll have to re-register.

An attorney for Pulaski County told Rutledge in a letter that Clerk Larry Crane “respectfully declines” her request from earlier that day to withdraw his decision to cancel her registration and reinstate her to the rolls. Crane, a Democrat, removed Rutledge from the Pulaski County voter rolls after learning she was still registered to vote in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

“I stand by my original decision,” Crane told The Associated Press late Thursday afternoon.

Rutledge earlier Thursday asked to be reinstated and said that Crane’s staff had told her to fill out a change of address form rather than a new voter registration when she returned to Arkansas from Virginia last year. Rutledge has denounced Crane’s decision as politically motivated.

“I was assured by your office that this was the proper procedure and the proper form to ensure that I would be legally registered to vote,” Rutledge wrote in the letter.

Amanda Mitchell, the county’s acting attorney, told Rutledge that she still has time to re-register for the Nov. 4 election. Monday is the deadline to register for the election, but Mitchell told Rutledge in the letter that she should re-register by the close of business Friday.

Wes Manus, Rutledge’s campaign manager said he needed to review the county’s letter and didn’t have an immediate comment.

Rutledge, a former attorney for the Republican National Committee and ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee, is running against Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel. The two are running to succeed Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.


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