by Max Brantley
“Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin broke the law by not providing public documents on time. We are reviewing the documents that were finally provided today. Even if we are assured that all public documents have been released, we will likely file suit to ensure that public officials obey the law on time. The Arkansas Constitution reads that political power is inherent in the people. No government official is above the rights of the people.”From DPA Chair Vincent Insalaco:
“Mark Martin continues to show a disturbing disregard for the rule of law. Arkansas’s Freedom of Information Act is clear; our request for records was equally clear, specific and valid. Mark Martin broke the law.The Republican-leaning Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that communications it received under the Freedom of Information Act indicated Martin's office had objected to a lack of specificity in Burks' request and also declined to provide the information in an electronic form.
Martin appears to be withholding public information to cover for his own inept performance as Arkansas’s Secretary of State. County clerks must now continue to devote resources and employee hours to fix a complex problem that Secretary of State Mark Martin created.
Our sacred right to vote continues to be a core value of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. We will always fight to make sure that every vote counts. We are very concerned about possible violations of the Voting Rights Act and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”