- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A Faulkner County circuit judge says election officials must count votes but not immediately certify the results in the race for county clerk after one of the candidates pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Judge David Clark said Monday that he didn’t want his court “to have a chilling impact on the election.” Clark set a hearing for Nov. 9, the day after the election, to determine the eligibility of former county clerk Margaret Darter, who resigned Oct. 12 after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of governmental operations.

Darter remains on the ballot, prompting a lawsuit from four Faulkner County residents. In her plea, Darter admitted that she dated some county officials’ statements of financial interest to make it look as if they were filed by the state deadline.

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