By HUNTER FIELD | Arkansas Advocate
An Arkansas group with connections to former President Donald Trump is traveling the state with a pitch to county quorum courts: ditch the voting machines.
Instead, the Arkansas Voter Integrity Initiative urges counties to rely on paper ballots marked and counted by hand.
The group had existed in relative obscurity since it was formed last year by Conrad Reynolds, a retired Army colonel who twice lost in the Republican primary for Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District seat to U.S. Rep. French Hill. But last month, it convinced the first county, Cleburne County, to switch to hand-marked and counted ballots.
Now, some of the most conservative members of the Arkansas Legislature appear to have taken notice, filing a bill to require counties that opt to hand-count ballots to pay for it themselves and first run the ballots through a tabulation device.
The Arkansas Voter Integrity Initiative is part of the movement spawned out of Trump’s efforts to cast doubts on the integrity of U.S. elections since his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.
While Reynolds couldn’t be reached for comment for this story, just last week he posted photos on social media from Mar-a-Lago with Kari Lake, who has unsuccessfully challenged the results of last year’s Arizona gubernatorial election; Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO who has become a leader in the movement to cast doubt on election integrity; and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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