Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today announced that he will not appeal this week's U.S. District Court ruling that ordered him to give third-party candidates the same ballot access as independents.
Daniels also formally certified the Green Party as a recognized political party in the state of Arkansas.
"One of my responsibilities as Chief Election Officer of the state is to uphold our state's election laws," Daniels said in a press release. "Judge Howard obviously disagreed with this law in particular, and I respect his decision. In the hopes that increased ballot choice will result in a corresponding increase in voter participation, I have decided not to appeal his ruling."