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Notice of Rulemaking & Public Hearing: Voter Integrity Rules

Posted on: 06/04/2024 10:10 am

The Arkansas Secretary of State is promulgating new rules in accordance with the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, § 25-15-201 et seq., and as authorized by Act 441 of 2023, to implement the process by which the Secretary shall ensure the security and accuracy of the statewide voter registration list, authorizing:

  1. Cooperation between jurisdictions to compare voter registration lists;
  2. Use of Social Security Administration data to identify deceased voters and remove them from the list;
  3. The creation of a process to verify address information for voters who have recently updated their addresses with the United States Postal Service.

The Arkansas Secretary of State is soliciting comments on the proposed new rules filed with the Secretary of State on June 4, 2024.  A public hearing for the proposed new rules will be held at 9:00 a.m. on July 8, 2024, at 1401 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 160, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Proposed rules are on the department’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/news/ or may be obtained by calling (501) 683-0770.  Written comments may be submitted through July 8, 2024, by mailing them to the Arkansas Secretary of State, State Capitol, Suite 04, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 or by email at matt.hoffman@sos.arkansas.gov.

More Information: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/Voter_Integrity_Rules_01.04_.24_.pdf

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Public Notice: Request for Qualifications RFQ# 2024-2

Posted on: 05/21/2024 3:09 pm

Request for Qualifications RFQ# 2024-2

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office is requesting qualifications from contractors developing, installing, and operating credit card, debit card, e-check processing services for our Agency within the Business and Commercial Services in Little Rock, Arkansas.

In our quest for a trustworthy and seasoned third-party service provider to manage our payment processing requirements, our organization places a strong emphasis on security, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. We are actively seeking qualifications from experienced providers who can seamlessly integrate with our systems and ensure a seamless payment experience for our valued customers.

The primary goals of this search for a payment processing service provider are to identify a partner capable of ensuring secure and efficient payment transactions, adhering to industry standards and regulations, and enhancing the overall efficiency of our payment processes.

The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to engage a single third-party service provider with expertise in developing, installing, and operating credit card, debit card, e-check processing services for our Agency. The selected Proposer will be required to possess transaction processing systems and services, accept major credit card brands, such as Visa and MasterCard, and E-checks from all participants after verifying funds before approving transactions. and must have the ability to process ACH Payments for our agency's needs.

 

Submission Instructions

Vendors are advised to carefully read all instructions, terms, and conditions provided in this request for qualifications prior to submitting a response. Failure to adhere to any instruction, term, or condition may result in rejection of the response. Vendors should pay particular attention to the following:

The Secretary of State’s Office shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by the vendor in the preparation of any response to this request for qualifications.

All materials submitted in response to this request for qualifications and subsequent fee agreements, contracts, or both, are subject to the state Freedom of Information Act.

Secretary of State staff may request any clarifications, additional information, or data during the request for qualifications review and vendor selection process.

Responses shall be accepted until the deadline specified below and may be withdrawn by the vendor at any time.

Secretary of State staff may reject any or all responses and may waive technical or immaterial errors therein.

Incomplete responses are subject to rejection by the Secretary of State staff.

Although as a constitutional office, the Secretary of State’s Office is an “exempt agency” under most Arkansas procurement laws, it is the intent of the Secretary of State to adhere to procurement policies, such as those contained within this request for qualifications, which ensure the selection of the most responsive and responsible vendor which will accomplish the requisite scope of work in an efficient and transparent manner. Therefore, all required documentation must be submitted, without exception. The Secretary of State’s Office welcomes responses from small, minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses and does not discriminate against any entity, company, or individual on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, disability or medical condition, national origin, or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

 

Submission Deadline

All responses to this request for qualifications must be received by the Secretary of State’s Office, as stated below, no later than:

May 31, 2024; 4:00 pm CST

 

Submission Delivery

Please submit one (1) original and one (1) redacted (pdf) copy to:

Arkansas Secretary of State

Attn: Business Office; Hanan Malak

500 Woodlane St., Suite 12

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-682-8032

Email: Hanan.Malak@sos.arkansas.gov

 

More Information: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/Request_for_Qualifications_RFQ_2024-2_BSC_Payment_System.pdf

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Public Notice: Request for Proposal

Posted on: 11/06/2023 2:48 pm

Public Notice:

RFP 24-007: Request for Proposal: For an Online Integrated and Searchable Records Database Management System including Digitizing Services

The Arkansas Secretary of State is pleased to announce the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Online Integrated and Searchable Records Database Management System including Digitizing Services

The purpose of this RFP is to identify qualified vendors who can provide a comprehensive solution that meets our requirements for managing digital assets, records, and document digitization. We are seeking a system that will enable efficient storage, retrieval, management of digital assets and records, and seamless integration with document digitizing services.

Key Requirements:

  • Online Digital Asset Management System: The system should offer robust functionality for organizing, categorizing, and managing digital assets efficiently. It should enable easy retrieval of digital assets based on metadata, tags, or search criteria.
  • Integrated Searchable Records Database: The system should allow for the integration of various record types into a single, comprehensive database. It should provide advanced search capabilities, enabling users to locate specific records quickly and easily.
  • Integrated Document Digitizing Database and Services: The vendor should possess the necessary expertise and infrastructure to digitize physical documents accurately. The system should seamlessly integrate with the digitized document database, allowing for easy access and retrieval.
  • User-Friendly Interface: The system should have an intuitive and user-friendly interface that facilitates easy navigation and efficient use by our staff and the public.
  • Security: The system should incorporate robust security measures to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and protection of our digital assets, records, and digitized documents.

Proposal Q&A Dates:

Vendors may submit written questions requesting clarification of information contained within this RFP by November 17, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. CST. Answers to any questions submitted will be provided no later than November 22, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. CST.

RFP #24-007 Questions and Answers

Proposal Submission:

Interested vendors are invited to submit their proposals by December 6, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. CST. Proposals should include comprehensive information about the vendor's experience, technical capabilities, proposed solutions, pricing, and any additional relevant information.

Proposal Evaluation:

Proposals will be evaluated based on several factors including the vendor's experience and qualifications, solution functionality, pricing, and overall value for money. The evaluation process will adhere to applicable regulations and guidelines.

Contact Information:

For further information or clarification regarding this RFP, interested vendors are encouraged to contact Hanan Malak at hanan.malak@sos.arkansas.gov.

We eagerly anticipate receiving proposals from qualified vendors and selecting a solution that will enhance our digital asset management capabilities, streamline records management, and improve accessibility for both our office and the public.

More Information: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/Request_For_Proposal_24-007_-_For_an_Online_Integrated_and_Searchable_Records_Database_Management_System_including_Digitizing_Services.pdf

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Notice to Candidates: New Online Campaign Finance Disclosure System

Posted on: 09/18/2023 1:54 pm

Hello Candidates,

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Online Campaign Finance Disclosure System, developed through a partnership between the Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division and ReFrame Solutions. Your participation in this transition is crucial, and we are thrilled to have you as part of this exciting endeavor.

To get started, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Register: Visit the new production system at https://ethics-disclosures.sos.arkansas.gov/login and click on the "Register" button to create your account and print your signature card. During registration, please set your registration date to 01/01/2023. If you encounter any issues during registration, please reach out to our support team at (501) 682-5070 for assistance.  We would be happy to assist!
  2. Authenticate Your Account:  After your signature card is received by the Secretary of State’s office and your registration is approved, you will receive detailed instructions on how to authenticate your account. This includes setting up a password and answering a security question to ensure the security of your information.
  3. File Q1 and Q2 Disclosure Reports: Once registered, log into your account. Navigate to the Transactions Page and enter any previously filed Q1 and Q2 transactions that need to be migrated to the new system. File Q1 and Q2 Contribution and Expenditure Reports.  This step is crucial for a seamless transition of your historical data for this election cycle.

Upcoming October Report:

A friendly reminder that your Q3 report is due on October 16, 2023. We strongly encourage you to utilize the new system for preparing and submitting your report. The intuitive interface and enhanced features will streamline the process, making it more efficient and user-friendly.

Support and Assistance:

The Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division is pleased to offer one-on-one assistance for your convenience. If you require any help with the registration process, please feel free to visit us in the Elections Library. Shakari Washington and Shantell McGraw are ready to provide you with personalized support to ensure a smooth registration experience.

Should you have any questions or encounter challenges while using the system, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated support team at (501) 682-5070. We are here to assist you throughout this transition.

More Information: https://ethics-disclosures.sos.arkansas.gov/login

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Treasurer of State Mark Lowery to Lie in State in Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda

Posted on: 07/27/2023 2:51 pm

Treasurer of State Mark Lowery to Lie in State in Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda

Friday, July 28th Set Aside for Public to Pay Respects

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston announced Thursday that the late Treasurer Mark Lowery will lie in state in the second floor rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol on Friday, July 28, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Friends, family, staff, and the public are welcome to come and pay their respects.

 

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Memorial Tribute to The Honorable Charlie Daniels

Posted on: 07/11/2023 11:01 am

Memorial Tribute to The Honorable Charlie Daniels

Ceremony at State Capitol on Friday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m.;

Friends, Former Staff, Colleagues and Public Welcome to Attend

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston will host a memorial tribute to The Honorable Charlie Daniels at the Arkansas State Capitol on Friday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol's second floor rotunda. 

Having been elected as Secretary of State, Commissioner of State Lands, and Auditor of State, Daniels was one of the longest-serving state government officials in Arkansas history. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Secretary Thurston said, "It is my honor to pay tribute to Charlie and to open the Capitol as a place for his friends and family to mourn his passing and celebrate his life. He served Arkansas with distinction and will be long remembered."

Friends, former staff, colleagues and the public are welcome to attend the ceremony. 

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Secretary of State Mobile Offices Scheduled

Posted on: 06/26/2023 8:15 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057
 

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Outreach staff for Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston will be conducting mobile offices around the state in the next couple of weeks. These mobile offices will allow citizens to get information about the various services the Secretary of State offers, including voter registration, business services, notary training, and more.

"Not everyone can come to Little Rock to access these services. Our staff will help them take care of business where they live," said Thurston. "We want to make doing business with the state as easy as possible," he said.

The upcoming mobile office times and locations are listed below.

June 26, 11:00 - 1:00
Lawrence County
Walnut Ridge City Hall
300 West Main
Walnut Ridge, AR


TBD
Bradley County
Bradley County Courthouse
100 East Cedar Street
Warren, AR 


June 27, 11:00 - 1:00
Craighead County
Bay City Hall
220 Elder Street
Bay, AR


June 29, 11:00 - 1:00
Cross County
Wynne City Hall 
206 South Falls Blvd. 
Wynne, AR


July 6, 9:00 – 11:00
Polk County
Polk County Library
410 8th Street
Mena, AR


July 13, 10:00 - 12:00
Baxter County
Baxter County Library
300 Library Hill
Mountain Home, AR

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State Capitol Exhibit Focuses on History of U.S. Marshals Service in Arkansas

Posted on: 06/19/2023 10:00 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057
 

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston would like to invite the public to view the latest exhibit at the State Capitol.

In this exhibit, we celebrate the United States Marshals Service, the nation's oldest law enforcement agency, and showcase a brief history of the Marshals who brought law and order to our state.

Today, the role of the Marshal Service has expanded to include security to the federal judiciary and manages the witness security program. It manages and sells seized or forfeited assets of criminals, is responsible for the confinement and transportation of federal prisoners who have not yet been turned over to the Bureau of Prisons, and is the primary federal agency responsible for fugitive investigations.

On September 24, 2014, the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Fort Smith for the United States Marshals Museum; the museum is scheduled to open on July 1, 2023. 

Secretary Thurston said, "The new U.S. Marshals Museum will be a showcase for Arkansas, encouraging tourism and serving as a true educational experience for those interested in our nation's history. We are proud to partner with them on this exhibit at the Capitol."

The Secretary of State’s Office would like to thank the following for their contributions to this exhibit: David Kennedy, Curator, United States Marshals Museum; Dave Lumbert; David Turk, National Historian, United States Marshals Service; and U.S. Marshal Jeremy Hammons.

The display is located in the fourth floor gallery and will be available for viewing through August 21st.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE EXHIBIT

 

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Franchise Tax Deadline for Business Owners is May 1st File Conveniently Online for Faster Service

Posted on: 04/18/2023 10:56 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057


Public Notice

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston wants to remind business owners that the deadline to file franchise taxes and to avoid late fees is May 1st. Filing can be done conveniently online at the Secretary of State's website.

Arkansas state law requires all corporations, LLCs, banks, and insurance companies registered in Arkansas to pay an annual franchise tax. Failure to pay can result in the imposition of additional fees, penalties and interest, or even revocation of the authorization to do business.

Franchise taxes continue to accrue, even for revoked businesses, until the business is dissolved, withdrawn, or merged.  Any additional filings with our Business & Commercial Services division will be prohibited for persons or entities that fail to pay the franchise tax.

If a business has already filed or has mailed their taxes to the Secretary of State’s Office within the last 30 days, they can disregard this notice.


Click HERE to file franchise taxes online


If a business owner does not know their filing number, they can click HERE to search their business name

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Smithsonian Exhibit on Display at Arkansas State Capitol Voices & Votes: Democracy in America

Posted on: 04/17/2023 9:48 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057


(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – In cooperation with the Smithsonian and the Arkansas Humanities Council, Secretary of State John Thurston is pleased to present, Voices & Votes: Democracy in America, a limited Smithsonian traveling exhibit, which is now on display at the Arkansas State Capitol. The exhibit will travel across our state to multiple locations throughout the year, providing an exceptional opportunity for Arkansans to view a Smithsonian exhibit without leaving the comfort of their home state. 

Voices & Votes highlights and examines the ever-evolving story of democracy in America. The exhibit features historical and contemporary photos and historical artifacts, such as campaign and voter memorabilia. Educational and archival videos and multimedia interactives bring the exhibit’s content alive to viewers of all ages. 

Secretary Thurston said, "As Arkansas' chief election official, I'm very excited about having this exhibit at the Capitol. I hope it will encourage more people to get involved and exercise their right to vote."

As a traveling adaptation of a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Voices & Votes explores democracy as America’s greatest experiment through the eyes of various generations. It also springboards further discussions about the meaning and importance of democracy.

The exhibit will be on display in the Arkansas State Capitol's fourth floor gallery from April 17th until May 23rd. The Capitol is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.


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Capitol Exhibit Features Art by Capitol Employees

Posted on: 03/09/2023 11:14 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057
 

Fourth Floor Exhibit on Display Through April 21

 

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston invites visitors to the State Capitol to view the new exhibit entitled, "Hidden Talents: Art by Employees of the Arkansas State Capitol."

The exhibit features paintings, wood carvings, mixed media, photography, and digital art. Artists representing offices throughout the Capitol participated.

"The talent, skill and creativity on display is incredible. Many of these pieces were done by staff in my office and I'm proud to display their work at the Capitol for everyone to see," said Thurston.

The exhibit will be on display in the fourth floor gallery from now through April 21st.


Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston viewing the new State Capitol exhibit showing artwork by Capitol employees.

 

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New Capitol Exhibit Focuses on Postal History in Arkansas Display Can Be Viewed Through Memorial Day

Posted on: 02/07/2023 4:30 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) –  Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston invites the public to come to the State Capitol and view the newly installed exhibit, “Special Delivery: Postal History in Arkansas.”

“Our State Capitol curators have done a great job, as always, on this exhibit. It is very educational about part of our history that many people may not know about,” said Thurston. Author Winifred Gallagher wrote, “The history of its post office is nothing less than the story of America.” This exhibit seeks to tell part of that story.

In 1775, Continental Congress began the process of creating a postal system to unify and connect the 13 colonies. No longer willing to trust the British postal system, Congress created its own and named Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster. In 1792, Congress passed and President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, which provided incentives for newspapers to be sent through the mail to promote civic and political engagement in the early republic.

As the United States grew in size and population, the post office also expanded. In Arkansas, the expansion of the Postal Service influenced pioneers to settle further into the untamed territorial land and, eventually, establish an independent state. Among the items displayed is a postal cabinet, on loan from Arkansas Post Museum State Park, that was used at Arkansas Post from the late 1800s until 1941.

In an era before mass communication, the post office connected citizens to each other and their government. This early Postal Service looked very different than the one we’re used to today. There were no mailboxes or house-to-house delivery: instead, people collected their mail from the local post office, which was the central place of importance in rural Arkansas communities. As the federal government improved the transportation infrastructure, postal roads linked post offices—and, as a result, towns—together.

In addition to being proof of payment for mail service, postage stamps have become a way to recognize noteworthy individuals, organizations, concepts and locations. Arkansas-related subjects have been honored in numerous ways since the early 20th century. Appreciation for stamps and stamp collecting preserve the history of Arkansas, the United States, and the world.

"Special Delivery: A Postal History of Arkansas" will be on display in the Arkansas State Capitol’s first floor galleries through Memorial Day. The Capitol is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission Meeting has been Postponed

Posted on: 01/23/2023 8:29 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Iverson Jackson | iverson.jackson@sos.arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission Meeting scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2023, 9:30 am has been postponed.  A notice will be sent to the public once a new date has been set.

 

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet January 23rd

Posted on: 01/04/2023 3:24 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Iverson Jackson | iverson.jackson@sos.arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.
Monday, January 23, 2023, 9:30 am
Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet December 13th

Posted on: 12/05/2022 4:06 pm

The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 13 at 10:00 AM, in Room 160 of the Victory Building. The meeting will also be held via Zoom (link provided below).

Members of the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee are asked to attend as there may be items regarding National Statuary Hall that need to be voted on.

Arkansas Secretary of State is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Dec 13, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Arkansas State Capitol Lighting Ceremony & Fireworks Show

Posted on: 11/18/2022 7:12 am

CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston welcomes you to enjoy the tradition of the Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 p.m.  

Rex Nelson, senior editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and author of three books, will emcee the 84th anniversary of this event. There will be a performance by Miss Greater Little Rock’s Outstanding Teen Bella Crowe accompanied on violin by Miss Greater Little Rock Sophe Sligh, the Catholic High Jr. ROTC, Santa Claus, and more.

Following the ceremony and fireworks show, the public is invited inside the Capitol to view the Christmas decorations, visit Santa in his workshop, and shop in the Capitol Gift Shop. The 2022 Capitol Christmas Ornament will be available for purchase.

The Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony is a family-friendly event that is open to the public.


Capitol Holiday Hours

Beginning Saturday, December 3rd, the State Capitol will be open extended hours throughout the holiday season.  The State Capitol will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  On weekends, the Capitol will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. This will remain in effect until January 2nd, when normal operating hours will resume. The Capitol will be closed Thanksgiving Day (November 24th) and Christmas Day (December 25th).

 

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Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet November 15th

Posted on: 11/10/2022 8:36 am

The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00 AM, in Room 160 of the Victory Building. The meeting will also be held via Zoom (link provided below).

 

Members of the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee are asked to attend as there may be items regarding National Statuary Hall that need to be voted on.

 

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Topic: Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet November 14th

Posted on: 11/09/2022 4:04 pm

CONTACT:  Iverson Jackson | iverson.jackson@sos.arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.

Monday, November 14, 2022, 9:30 am

Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Early Voting Begins Monday, October 24th

Posted on: 10/21/2022 8:27 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

Voters are Reminded to Take ID to the Polls

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston would like to remind voters that early voting for the 2022 General Election, Nonpartisan Judicial Runoff Election, and School Elections begins on Monday, October 24th.  

Early voting will run from October 24th through November 7th. Polls will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the final Monday before Election Day. Polls are closed on Sundays. 

To check your voter registration, find your polling location and operating hours, or to view a sample ballot, visit www.voterview.org.

A voter guide containing unbiased information regarding ballot issues, produced by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center, can be accessed at www.uaex.uada.edu/business-communities/voter-education.

If you have moved to another county since you last voted, you have until Friday, November 4th to update your voter registration with your county clerk for this election.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.  Polls that day will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Arkansas law requires that voters present a photo ID before voting.

Election results will be available at the Secretary of State's website after the polls close on Election Day at www.sos.arkansas.gov.

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Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet October 11th

Posted on: 10/05/2022 1:44 pm

CONTACT:  Michael Harry | michael.harry@sos.arkansas.gov

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 10:00 am
Victory Building, Suite 160
1401 West Capitol Ave, Little Rock, AR  72201

The meeting will be in person with a Zoom option available.
Arkansas Secretary of State is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting
Time: Oct 11, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet August 15th

Posted on: 08/04/2022 1:58 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Iverson Jackson | iverson.jackson@sos.arkansas.gov

 

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.
Monday, August 15, 2022, 10:30 am
Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Public Invited to See Arkansas Artist Kevin Kresse at Work

Posted on: 07/20/2022 1:34 pm

Hometown Artist Composing Johnny Cash Sculpture for U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – The public is invited to visit with renowned Arkansas artist and sculptor Kevin Kresse as he works on the sculpture of Johnny Cash that will eventually be placed in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol.  Visiting hours are 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 25th through Thursday, July 28th at the Windgate Center of Art + Design on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, located at 2801 South University Avenue in Little Rock.  Groups can be scheduled for specific times by emailing Kurt Naumann at kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov. 

About Kevin Kresse

Kevin Kresse is an Arkansas native who supports his family as a painter and sculptor in Little Rock.  He has exhibited his work in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA, and various galleries and institutions around Arkansas.

Kresse was named the 2015 Individual Artist for Arkansas from the Governor’s Art Awards, and was one of four people selected by the Mid-America Arts Alliance to be interviewed for a video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2016.  He has won several awards in the Arkansas Arts Center's annual Delta Exhibition, as well as painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Arkansas Arts Council.

Kresse’s public sculptural work includes the bust of Win Paul Rockefeller in the Arkansas State Capitol, a monumental sculpture of WWII hero General William O. Darby in Fort Smith, the Compassion and Hope sculpture in Little Rock’s Baptist Hospital Healing Garden, and the Mother Earth sculptural fountain in the Argenta Arts District, among many others.  He has also done several murals in Central Arkansas.

Kresse has been the feature of articles in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Times, the North Little Rock Times, the Little Rock Free Press, Number:Inc., as well as the magazines AY, Inviting Arkansas, and Soiree.  An Associated Press story on his bust of Levon Helm was carried in the online editions of The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other papers across the country.  Kresse has also been featured in pieces produced by the local affiliates of ABC, CBS and PBS television, as well as a video short by Garret Lakin, and another by Judge and Amy Reinhold.

 

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet July 12th

Posted on: 06/30/2022 3:11 pm

CONTACT:  Michael Harry | michael.harry@sos.arkansas.gov

Tuesday, July 12 2022, 10:00 am
Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201

 

The meeting will be in person with a Zoom option available.

Topic: Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting
Time: Jul 12, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet June 20th

Posted on: 05/31/2022 1:51 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Iverson Jackson | iverson.jackson@sos.arkansas.gov
 

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.
Monday, June 20, 2022, 10:30 am
Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet June 7th

Posted on: 05/31/2022 9:27 am

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet May 10th

Posted on: 05/02/2022 10:56 am

Tuesday, May 10 2022, 10:00 am
Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201

The meeting will be in person with a Zoom option available.

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Topic: Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting
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Public Invited to See Renowned Sculptor at Work

Posted on: 04/20/2022 12:55 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – The public is invited to visit with nationally-recognized sculptor Benjamin Victor as he works on the sculpture of Daisy Gatson Bates that will be placed in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol at the Windgate Center of Art + Design on the campus of UA Little Rock.  The hours are 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 25th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 26th through Thursday, April 28th, and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday April 29th at the Windgate Center, 2801 South University Avenue in Little Rock.  Groups can be scheduled for specific times by emailing Amber Crawford at amber.crawford@sos.arkansas.gov

Victor has been commissioned by the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee and the Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to create a 7-foot-6-inch bronze sculpture of Daisy Gatson Bates, a renowned civil rights activist. Victor is working on the clay model from which the bronze statue will be cast. He brought the model from his home and studio in Boise, Idaho.

Victor will join Arkansas artist Kevin Kresse on Wednesday, April 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Windgate Center for a reception hosted by the Political Animals Club of Little Rock where both will speak about the Statuary Hall project. Kresse has been commissioned to create the sculpture of Johnny Cash. For more information on this event email the club at politicalanimalsclub@gmail.com.

Victor is recognized as being the youngest artist to have a sculpture in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol, placing his first statue there at age 26. He is also the only living artist to have three works in Statuary Hall. Victor is the sculptor of the Chief Standing Bear statue, the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue, and the Sarah Winnemucca statue located in the National Statuary Hall Collection. 
 

 

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Girls and Boys State College Fair

Posted on: 04/11/2022 12:17 pm

The College Fair is back and in person. We welcome all higher education institutions to come join us for two days and meet hundreds of potential students. This year the College Fair will take place June 2nd-3rd, 2022. Girls State will be at the Capitol on June 2nd, they will arrive from about 9:00-9:15 and depart around 12:00 and Boys State will arrive on June 3rd from about 8:45-9:00 and will depart around 12:15. 

You are welcome to come and set up your station as soon as the Capitol building opens at 8:00 am. We will provide you a table and two chairs, please note if you are using electronics that you will need to provide power for those electronics. The Fair will be located on the 2nd floor of the building. You are welcome to leave your set up overnight if you like. If your school is interested in attending the College Fair please fill out this form at your earliest convenience.  

College Fair Registration Form 

If you have any questions or concerns please email katie.bass@sos.arkansas.gov.

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet April 18th

Posted on: 04/07/2022 2:27 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Michael Harry | michael.harry@sos.arkansas.gov
 

Public Notice: Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet
 

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.
Monday, April 18, 2022, 10:30 am
Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston Launches Veteran Voter Initiative

Posted on: 04/04/2022 1:14 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  media@sos.arkansas.gov

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – The office of the Arkansas Secretary of State, in partnership with the veteran service organization We Are The 22, announces the launch of a Veteran Voter Initiative. Throughout the month of April, representatives of both organizations will be on the road, reaching out to veterans across the state to ensure that they are both registered and ready to vote. The #ARVetsVote hashtag has been established to highlight the initiative.

Secretary Thurston is recruiting support for the initiative from all Arkansans by asking them to dedicate their vote to a veteran they wish to honor or encourage. To participate, Arkansans may visit the tribute page hosted on the Secretary of State's website and dedicate their vote to a veteran or an active service member by sending a message honoring their service to media@sos.arkansas.gov. Arkansas voters may also link their tribute to social media posts using www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/vote-for-a-veteran and the #Vote4ARVets hashtag.

During the month of April, Secretary of State mobile offices and members of the We Are The 22 organization will be visiting veteran’s facilities and service centers across the state. At these mobile offices, Arkansas veterans and those honoring them, may register to vote and learn how to dedicate their vote in honor of a veteran or active service member. Additional election resources may be found on the office's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections

We Are The 22 is a veteran service organization conducting direct suicide prevention and responding to veterans in crisis. Named for the average number of American veterans committing suicide each day (22). "When a veteran is in the darkest place in their life, there should be someone out there that cares enough to go find them, to sit down with them, and tell them there's hope," states founder Mikel Brooks. Members of the organization will be present at the mobile offices to assist voters in offering encouragement to struggling veterans through the Vote for a Vet campaign. Please visit www.wearethe22.org for more information on the organization. For immediate assistance to a veteran in crisis please call their 24-hour, vet-answered hotline at 1-855-WEARETHE22.

The voter registration deadline for participation in the preferential primary is April 25. The primary election will be held May 24. The general election will be held November 8, with an October 11 voter registration deadline.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT THE VETERAN VOTER INITIATIVE

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet April 12th

Posted on: 04/01/2022 1:21 pm

Tuesday, April 12 2022, 10:00 am
Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201

The meeting will be in person with a Zoom option available.

Arkansas Secretary of State is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting
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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet March 21st

Posted on: 03/09/2022 3:27 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Michael Harry | michael.harry@sos.arkansas.gov

 


The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.
Monday, March 21, 2022, 10:30 am
Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet March 8th

Posted on: 02/28/2022 6:24 pm

CONTACT:  Michael Harry | michael.harry@sos.arkansas.gov

Tuesday, March 8 2022, 10:00 am
Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201

The upcoming meeting of the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will now have a Zoom option for those who are unable to attend in person. 

Arkansas Secretary of State is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting
Time: Mar 8, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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RFP for Online Integrated and Searchable Campaign Finance Filing and Reporting System

Posted on: 02/04/2022 2:00 pm

Due to the unprecedented winter storm this week, the deadline for the Arkansas Secretary of State Request for Proposals for an updated Campaign  Contribution Expenditure and Reporting System has been extended to Friday, February 11, 2022 at 4 pm CST.  The date for response openings has subsequently been extended to Tuesday, February 15th at 9 am CST.

Request for Proposal For an Online Integrated and Searchable Campaign Finance Filing and Reporting System RFP # 2022-1
Questions and Answers Regarding RFP #2022-1
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Campaign Finance Filing and Reporting System RFP Respondents

The Arkansas Secretary of State (SOS) is soliciting Requests for Proposal (RFP) from qualified vendors to provide an updated online integrated and searchable Campaign Finance Filing and Reporting System (“System”). This updated System shall: (1) allow all required state and district candidates and officials (“filers”), to file campaign/committee contribution and expenditure reports, statements of financial interest, lobbyist reports, Political Action Committee (PAC) forms/reports, and other required forms and reports following the November 2022 election cycle; and (2) allow for the creation of new data fields, forms, etc. to accommodate necessary or desirable changes in reporting and disclosure requirements. The updated System shall also provide search and reporting capability for all currently existing data, including legacy data, previously filed within the existing System, and shall comply with Act 1029 of 2021.    

The successful vendor shall provide to the SOS a single, browser-based, centralized, statewide integrated filing and reporting system as specified in this RFP. The vendor shall provide all requisite hardware; software; facilities (as required); application and system security; licensing; information technology project management services; data systems coordination; ongoing system operations, maintenance, and support services; training services (including individual SOS staff training and the production of manuals specific to SOS administrators and filers); and direct customer support services as delineated in the detailed specifications.

Vendors shall respond to the RFP with two (2) options for the SOS: (1) cloud-based hosted by the vendor and (2) a system based on housing the proposed solution on equipment provided by the SOS.

Proposals shall be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  1. Vendor Information:
  1. Provide a Letter of Introduction, signed by an officer or principal of the vendor, which:
    1. Summarizes the history of the vendor, the number of years in business, business structure, locations, parent affiliations, foreign ownership (if any), names and titles of all directors and officers, and number of employees.
    2. Illustrates the vendor’s unique abilities to meet the specified requirements of this Request for Proposal. Examples may include specialized experience, skills, certifications, and awards attained.
    3. Includes the name of one designated contact person and his or her physical address, email address, and phone number to be used for communication related to interviews and vendor selection.
  2. Provide a detailed description of the vendor’s experience and qualifications (for at least five (5) years) as an informational technology provider of Campaign Finance Filing and Reporting Systems, or similar filing and reporting systems, consistent with the above scope of work.

Responses should indicate the vendor’s proficiency in creating websites and applications with a focus on site usability and user experience and demonstrate knowledge and proficiency with leading-edge Web and media solutions, architectures, technologies, nomenclature, development practices, and use of industry best practices. Include:

  1. The names of the clients;
  2. A description of the contracts.
  3. The length of the contracts and reasons for termination.
  1. List any contracts that have been cancelled for non-performance or default within the past five (5) years.
  2. List any litigation, arbitration, or mediation with prior or current clients.
  3. Provide a summary of current workload and ongoing contracts. 
     
  1. Project Team (Key Staff):
  1. Provide names, titles, and resumes for all proposed project managers/supervisors who will be assigned to the contract to oversee all contractual obligations and responsibilities and serve as the primary contact(s) for the SOS.  Highlight previous experience in this role.
  2. Provide a description of project team members to be assigned to this project, their experience, and areas of specialization specific to the proposed scope of work.
  3. Describe the process by which work will be assigned, implemented, and tested.
     
  1. References:

Provide the names and contact information for at least three (3) references familiar with the quality of your work of similar nature as that described in the above scope of work. Preference shall be given to references from states in which the vendor has successfully implemented a comprehensive campaign finance filing and reporting system.
 

  1. Proposed System:

Provide a formal, detailed description of the design, development, testing, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of the System proposed to achieve all of the criteria specified in the detailed specifications of the RFP.
 

  1. Cost Proposal:

Total cost proposal provided in accordance with the above scope of work, exclusive of all state and local sales taxes, to design, implement, install and deliver a fully-functional System in accordance with the scope of work delineated in this RFP. Please reference the RFP for detailed cost proposal requirements.

The SOS may require vendors to make on-site oral and visual presentations.

The official response packet shall contain all of the information delineated in the RFP and shall be modified only by addenda issued by the SOS.  Vendors are advised to check the SOS website periodically for issued addenda.

All responses shall be submitted by 4:00 pm CST on February 8, 2022 to:
Arkansas Secretary of State
Attn: Business Office, Jody Parker
500 Woodlane Street, Suite 12
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-2008
Email:
purchasing@sos.arkansas.gov

Individual responses received by mail shall be enclosed in an outer sealed envelope or container prominently marked with the RFP number (RFP # 2022-1), submission deadline February 8, 2022, responder’s name, and return address.

Individual responses received via email shall prominently state the RFP number (RFP # 2022-1) submission deadline February 8, 2022, responder’s name, and return address.

For any additional information or to request an RFP packet, please call 501-682-2008, or email purchasing@sos.arkansas.gov.

 

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet February 8th

Posted on: 01/26/2022 10:15 am

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

Tuesday, February 8 2022, 10:00 am
Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201

The meeting will be in person with a Zoom option available.

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Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet January 24th

Posted on: 01/13/2022 1:12 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov


Public Notice:
Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet


 

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.
Monday, January 24, 2022, 10:30 am
Committee Room 171, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet January 11th

Posted on: 12/29/2021 3:32 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

Tuesday, January 11 2022, 10:00 am
Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171
500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201


For more information from the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission, visit https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/cagc.

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Immediate Release: Public Service Announcement

Posted on: 12/22/2021 1:50 pm

There are reports of people going door to door, claiming to be with the Secretary of State’s office, asking for personal information to verify voter registration. These individuals are not with the Secretary of State’s office and we urge you not to give them any information and to report them to local authorities.

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2021 Important End-of-Year Reminder for Arkansas Businesses

Posted on: 12/16/2021 11:34 am

This is a reminder for Arkansas businesses from Secretary of State John Thurston that the end of the year is approaching and there are a couple of important deadlines coming up.


Have You Paid Your Franchise Taxes?


If you have not paid your franchise taxes for 2021, and do not do so by December 31st, your business will enter revoked status. To find out if your business is currently in good standing, search our database here:
www.sos.arkansas.gov/corps/search_all.php.


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Do You Wish to Dissolve Your Business?

If you are wanting to dissolve a business, the final date to formally dissolve and avoid accruing additional franchise taxes is also December 31, 2021. Companies that want to dissolve must submit all paperwork, postmarked by 12/31/2021, in order for no additional taxes to accrue.  Please note that the Business and Commercial Services office will be closed on December 31st in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

For your convenience, Articles of Dissolution may also be filed online 24/7 at https://www.ark.org/sos/corpfilings/index.php?form_id=66.

At the time of dissolution, every corporation shall be required to pay the franchise tax for the prior calendar year and the minimum franchise tax for the year in which the business is dissolved or withdrawn. Even if a company is no longer in business, the corporation will continue to accrue franchise taxes until formally dissolved with the Arkansas Secretary of State.


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If you have already paid your taxes and are in Good Standing and do not wish to dissolve or withdraw at this time, you may disregard this message. Please note that the Business and Commercial Services office will be closed on December 31st in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

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You can reach a corporate services representative by calling toll-free to 1-888-233-0325 or by email at corprequest@sos.arkansas.gov.

Our office is located in the Victory Building at 1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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The 2021 Arkansas State Capitol Lighting Ceremony & Firework Show

Posted on: 11/22/2021 12:10 pm

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston welcomes you to enjoy the tradition of the Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m.  

The Ceremony will follow Little Rock’s Big Jingle Jubilee on Capitol Avenue.  KTHV Channel 11 Evening Anchor, Marlisa Goldsmith, will emcee the ceremony.  There will be performances by Saint Mark's Baptist Church Choir, the Catholic High JROTC, Santa Claus, and more.

Following the ceremony, the public is invited inside the Capitol to view the Christmas decorations, visit Santa in his workshop, and shop in the Capitol Gift Shop.  The 2021 Capitol Christmas Ornament will be available for purchase.

The Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony is a family-friendly event that is open to the public.
 


 

 


Capitol Holiday Hours

Beginning Saturday, December 4th, the State Capitol will be open extended hours throughout the holiday season.  The State Capitol will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  On weekends, the Capitol will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. This will remain in effect until January 3rd  when normal operating hours will resume. The Capitol will be closed Thanksgiving Day (November 25th) and Christmas Day (December 25th).

 

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Secretary of State Thurston to Present Arkansas Diamond Award to State Capitol Police Officers

Posted on: 11/05/2021 3:30 pm

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston will present an Arkansas Diamond Award to three members of the State Capitol Police force for recent actions in the line of duty.  Corporal Tavares Purifoy, Corporal Don Brown, and Officer Andrew Badger will be presented with the Arkansas Diamond Award, the highest honor given by the Secretary of State.

  • Date & Time:  Tuesday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m.
  • Location:  State Capitol Rotunda
  • Presentation Agenda:
    • Secretary of State John Thurston will speak 
    • State Capitol Police Chief Alice Fulk will share a few words
    • Presentation of the Arkansas Diamond Award by Secretary Thurston
    • Photo Ops

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet November 8th

Posted on: 10/28/2021 9:04 am

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov
 

Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to meet with the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee and the sculptors of the Daisy Bates and Johnny Cash statues. 

Monday, November 8 2021, 1:00 pm

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501 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201

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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet October 20th

Posted on: 10/08/2021 10:29 am

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to meet with the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee and the sculptors of the Daisy Bates and Johnny Cash statues. 

 

Wednesday, October 20 2021, 10:00 am
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Secretary of State Thurston to Present Arkansas Diamond Award to Disabled American Veterans Simpson/Turner Chapter 27

Posted on: 09/23/2021 4:01 pm

CONTACT:  Chris Powell | media@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) –  Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston has nominated the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Simpson/Turner Chapter 27 for the Arkansas Diamond Award.  Secretary Thurston will present the award on Sunday, September 26th at 2:15 p.m. at the 2021 DAV Fishing Tournament at the Sport Fishing Weigh-In Pavilion at Lake Dardanelle State Park. 

Members of Chapter 27 saw the problems many disabled veterans encounter when seeking care and benefits earned in noble service to our nation. But rather than stand by, they chose to become the solution for hundreds of Arkansas veterans. Over the past six years, Chapter 27 members have given their time and personal resources to provide an amazing range of support services to disabled veterans.

Specifically, the chapter:

  • Created a highly effective Veteran Service Officer program, helping over 400 veterans a year with VA claims 
  • Provides transportation to VA facilities for roughly 55 vets each month
  • Provides over $20,000 in grants each year to needy and homeless vets
  • Arranges temporary lodging for homeless vets
  • Offers a scholarship program for children or widows/widowers of disabled veterans
  • Provides free Life Alert monitors and service for senior disabled veterans
  • Provides free 30-day cell phone service for unemployed disabled veterans seeking employment
  • Educate and liaise with local law enforcement agencies to help them recognize and constructively resolve encounters with veterans needing care and support

Secretary Thurston said, "The Chapter members doing this work are all volunteers, and receive no financial help from the government. Because of their outstanding dedication and accomplishment in service to our esteemed veterans, I submit that members of DAV Chapter 27 are most deserving recipients of the Arkansas Diamond Award."

The Arkansas Diamond Award is the highest honor awarded by the Secretary of State.

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Press Release: Statement from the Arkansas Secretary of State

Posted on: 09/13/2021 10:33 am

CONTACT: media@sos.arkansas.gov

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.)

Over the past 18 months, amid the COVID pandemic, my office has worked diligently to provide a safe environment for employees, legislators, and citizens who want to visit our State Capitol. Last week we saw, what I would consider being, massive federal overreach by the Biden administration in mandating vaccinations. This comes despite his statement in December that vaccines shouldn’t be mandated.

I am a strong believer in personal freedoms and that each individual has the right to their own health decisions. Therefore, I will not require Secretary of State employees to be vaccinated nor will I require proof of negative COVID tests. Citizens who wish to come to visit our beautiful State Capitol will also not be required to be vaccinated.

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Public Notice: Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet September 20th

Posted on: 09/10/2021 9:19 am

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.

Monday, September 20, 2021, 10:30 am

Committee Room 130, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

 

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Notice of Rule Making and Public Hearing

Posted on: 09/01/2021 2:10 pm

The Arkansas Secretary of State is promulgating new rules in accordance with the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act, § 25-15-201 et seq., and as authorized by Act 980 of 2021, to implement the process by which a registered voter who is the victim of domestic violence may request secure voter status from the county clerks, including without limitation the:

  1. Administrative process a county clerk shall use to verify eligibility for secure voter status;
  2. Documentation required for domestic violence victims to be approved for secure voter status;
  3. Format in which the county clerk shall maintain any address of all registered voters listed on the voter registration roll when the registered voter has a secure voter status; and
  4. Process for complying with a post-election challenge involving a secure voter.

The Arkansas Secretary of State is soliciting comments on the proposed new rules filed with the Secretary of State on September 1, 2021.  A public hearing for the proposed new rules will be held at 9 am on October 6, 2021, at the Arkansas State Capitol, Room 309, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.

Proposed rules are on the department’s website www.sos.arkansas.gov/news/  or may be obtained by calling (501) 683-0770.  Written comments may be submitted through October 5, 2021, by mailing them to the Arkansas Secretary of State, State Capitol, Suite 04, 500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 or by email at michael.harry@sos.arkansas.gov.

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Rules to Create the Process for Becoming a Secure Voter

Posted on: 09/01/2021 2:03 pm

  1. Authority and Purpose
    1. These rules are promulgated pursuant to Act 980 of 2021.
    2. The purpose of these rules is to create the process by which registered voters who are victims of domestic violence may shield their address or addresses from public view by becoming a secure voter.
  2. Definitions
    1. A secure voter is a registered voter who is a documented victim of domestic violence and requests to have his or her address or addresses protected from public release.
    2. Poll Watcher means any:
      1. Candidate in person, but only during the counting and tabulation of ballots and the processing of absentee ballots;
      2. Authorized representative of a candidate;
      3. Authorized representative of a group seeking the passage or defeat of a measure on the ballot; and
      4. Authorized representative of a political party with a candidate on the ballot.
  3. Secure Voter Registration
    1. Unless otherwise stated in these rules, a registered voter designated as a secure voter is required to comply with all voter identification requirements when casting a ballot.
    2. A registered voter may apply to be a secure voter, no later than 30 days before Election Day, at the office of the county clerk of the county in which they are registered to vote.
      1. A registered voter may request to be a secure voter after the 30-day cutoff but no later than 15 days before Election Day only if an approved court order has been issued after the 30-day cutoff period.
    3. The county clerk shall not register a registered voter as a secure voter unless the registered voter has provided documentation proving one of the following:
      1. He or she is the victim of any offense under §5-26-301 et seq. as adjudicated by a court;
      2. He or she has been granted an order of protection under the Domestic Abuse act of 1991, §9-15-101 et seq.; or
      3. He or she Is recognized as a victim of domestic violence in any court order or ruling.
    4. Any and all address information of the secure voter shall not be located in the precinct voter registration list.
    5. The county clerk shall not reproduce any address or addresses of a secure voter in any format unless otherwise authorized by law.
    6. Any and all address information for a secure voter is confidential and is not a public record under the Freedom of Information Act of 1967, §25-19-101 et seq.
    7. Any documentation required by these rules provided to the county clerk shall be scanned electronically and saved with the secure voter’s registration.
  4. Challenges
    1. Upon a challenge from an authorized poll watcher, the secure voter shall be permitted to present proof to the poll worker and poll watcher in a separate room or, if a separate room is not available, a private area located at the polling site or vote center.
    2. If a provisional ballot is required, any and all address information of the secure voter shall be redacted prior to any public release of the ballot itself.

 

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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet September 9th

Posted on: 08/26/2021 3:22 pm

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

For more information from the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission, visit https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/cagc.

Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to meet with the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee.
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 1:30 pm
Governor's Conference Room, Arkansas State Capitol
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Public Notice: Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet August 16th

Posted on: 08/13/2021 8:56 am

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.

Monday, August 16, 2021, 1:00 pm

Committee Room 151, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

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Public Notice: Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission to Meet July 19th

Posted on: 07/07/2021 4:12 pm

CONTACT:  Kurt Naumann | kurt.naumann@sos.arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Medal of Honor Commission is scheduled to meet.

Monday, July 19, 2021, 10:30 am

Committee Room 151, 1st floor, Arkansas State Capitol

 

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Artists Chosen for National Statuary Hall Statues

Posted on: 06/14/2021 9:38 am

Sculptures of Daisy Bates and Johnny Cash to be Commissioned

(June 14, 2021) Little Rock, Ark –  The selection review committee for the National Statuary Hall statues of Daisy Bates and Johnny Cash met today at 1:00 p.m. to review and evaluate final scores of the finalists for each sculpture. Based on these scores, the selection review committee has recommended to Secretary of State John Thurston that Benjamin Victor of Boise, Idaho be selected to design and create the statue of Daisy Bates.  The selection review committee also recommended to Secretary Thurston that Kevin Kresse of Little Rock, Arkansas be selected to design and create the statue of Johnny Cash.  Secretary Thurston has reviewed and accepted the committee’s recommendations and will begin contractual negotiations with the selected respondents. 


Secretary of State John Thurston with artist Benjamin Victor


Model of proposed Daisy Bates statue


Secretary of State John Thurston with artist Kevin Kresse



Model of proposed Johnny Cash statue

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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet June 14th

Posted on: 06/04/2021 2:15 pm

Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

 

For more information from the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission, visit www.sos.arkansas.gov/cagc.

 

Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to meet with the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee.

 

Monday, June 14, 2021, 1:00 pm
Room 151, Arkansas State Capitol Meeting will also be conducted via Zoom.

 

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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet June 9th

Posted on: 05/20/2021 1:39 pm

Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

For more information from the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission, visit www.sos.arkansas.gov/cagc.

Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to meet with the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee and the finalists of the Daisy Bates and Johnny Cash statues. Meeting times are as follows.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 9:00 am
Governor's Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Arkansas State Capitol

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm
Governor's Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Arkansas State Capitol

Both meetings will be livestreamed on the Arkansas Secretary of State YouTube page.
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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet May 13th

Posted on: 04/29/2021 10:03 am

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Agenda
Thursday, May 13 2021, 10:00 am
ASU Systems Office, Winthrop Rockefeller Building, Suite 600
501 Woodlane Street, Little Rock, AR  72201
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     1. Call to Order

     2. Roll Call

     3. Approval of Minutes

     4. Discuss delivery and presentation of National Statuary Hall Finalists statue models

     5. 2021 Legislative Summary
          a. Act 696
          b. Act 713
          c. SB 553

     6. Establish a Rules Subcommittee

     7. New Business

     8. Adjournment


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Franchise Tax Deadline is July 15th

Posted on: 04/16/2021 9:49 am

The Arkansas Secretary of State is once again collecting franchise taxes for all companies registered with the State of Arkansas. Due to the recent transition of franchise taxes from the Department of Finance and Administration back to our office, Secretary of State John Thurston has waived the penalty and interest on 2021 franchise taxes until July 15th.

Arkansas state law requires all Corporations, LLCs, Banks, and Insurance Companies registered in Arkansas to pay an annual franchise tax. Failure to pay can result in the imposition of additional fees, penalties and interest, or even revocation of the authorization to do business. Franchise taxes continue to accrue, even for revoked businesses, until the business is dissolved, withdrawn, or merged.  Any additional filings with our Business & Commercial Services division will be prohibited for persons or entities that fail to pay the franchise tax. 

Click here to file your franchise taxes online

If you do not know your filing number, click here to search your business name.

 

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Press Conference on H.R.1 and Election Integrity

Posted on: 03/30/2021 12:00 am

(March 30, 2021) Little Rock, Ark -- Video of Press Conference on H.R.1 and Election Integrity with Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Congressman French Hill, Senator John Boozman, and Senator Tom Cotton.

Additional coverage:

Elections bill criticized by officials from state (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

 

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Franchise Taxes move from DFA to SOS beginning March 15th

Posted on: 03/10/2021 12:06 pm

Effective March 15th at 8:00am, the Arkansas Secretary of State will begin collecting franchise taxes for all companies registered with the State of Arkansas. Please allow us extra time as we go through this transition with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration as they will discontinue franchise tax collections on Friday, March 12th

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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet October 27th

Posted on: 10/14/2020 12:11 pm

Public Notice:

Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

Agenda

Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Meeting

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:00 am

ASU Systems Office, Winthrop Rockefeller Building, Suite 600

501 Woodlane Street; Little Rock, AR

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  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of September 29, 2020 Minutes
  • National Statuary Hall Request for Proposals
    • Overview of Proposals Received for Daisy Lee Gatson Bates and Johnny Cash Statues
    • Review of Evaluation Process/Instructions and Forms
    • Deadline for Commissioners’ Preliminary Reviews of Proposals
    • Establish Date for Next Meeting to Discuss and Rank Commissioners’ Reviews
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Adjournment

 

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

Posted on: 07/31/2020 8:47 am

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IMPORTANT BUSINESS NOTICE: Incorporating Documents & Online Services Available

Posted on: 04/23/2020 8:44 am

IMPORTANT BUSINESS NOTICE

The Secretary of State’s office has been assisting many small businesses in Arkansas that are currently applying for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  We are assisting in providing the required copies of incorporating documents as a stipulation of the program.  We continue to work daily with Arkansas’ financial institutions to provide businesses the requested documents in a timely manner.  We strive to provide a response to requests within one hour and are providing same-day service on returning non-certified copies of articles.  

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston understands that this is a difficult time for many families and businesses.  “As the Federal government helps to provide assistance to business owners, our office is providing quick response in assisting stakeholders with required documentation to secure financial assistance.” said Thurston.

Our Business and Commercial Services staff continue to work during this crisis and have been responding to more than 400 emails per day from businesses across Arkansas since March 17th.

Corporations and LLCs can obtain a regular copy of their articles via email at corprequest@sos.arkansas.gov

All of our regular online services are available 24 hours a day including certificates of good standing, which can be downloaded immediately after purchase.

Please visit www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS to access our Business & Commercial Services Division website.

You can follow Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston on Facebook or @ARSecofState on Twitter for additional updates and helpful business information. 

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Early Voting for General Primary Runoff Election Begins Tuesday, March 24th

Posted on: 03/18/2020 2:55 pm

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Arkansas State Capitol Will Be Closed to Public

Posted on: 03/12/2020 12:00 am

Arkansas State Capitol Will Be Closed to Public

Precautions Taken Over Coronavirus 

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic announcement yesterday, the measure taken in Washington, D.C. today along with the very recent report from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Secretary of State John Thurston is ordering the closure of the Arkansas State Capitol to the public, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to enter the building for work purposes. Updates to the building's status will be made available as we continue to monitor the situation. 

The Secretary of State's Office will also not be accepting walk-in visitors to their Business & Commercial Services offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville until further notice.  Business services can still be conducted by phone or online.

 

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Super Tuesday Election Results

Posted on: 03/03/2020 9:30 am

2020 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial General Election

https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AR/101561/

 

2020 Special Election for State Representative District 34

https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AR/102794/

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Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election is February 3rd

Posted on: 01/30/2020 8:31 am

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

Posted on: 01/29/2020 1:00 pm

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Secretary of State John Thurston to Open Northwest Arkansas Office

Posted on: 01/13/2020 12:06 pm

Secretary of State John Thurston to Open Northwest Arkansas Office

Will Serve Region's Growing Business Community

(FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston is opening a new satellite location in Northwest Arkansas this month to better serve the growing business community of Northwest Arkansas.  Approximately 40 percent of business transactions handled by the Secretary of State come from the Northwest quarter of the state.

"I think this will be a great thing for businesses here in the area and for the way our office operates as well," said Thurston.  "We want to make it easier for entrepreneurs to take care of business and to offer a more personal customer service experience."  

The office, located in the Today's Bank building at the corner of College and Dickson Streets in Fayetteville, is already in operation.  It was up and running with a soft opening on January 6th.  Business hours for the office are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. 

The office will primarily handle corporate entity filings and franchise tax payments, but will offer additional services as well, such notary public and apostille services. Voter registration forms will also be available.

An official Grand Opening will take place Thursday, January 16th.  Secretary of State Thurston will be on hand for an official Ribbon Cutting at 10:00 AM.  The public is invited to attend.

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Sounds of the Season 2019!

Posted on: 12/07/2019 12:46 pm

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Nonprofit Corporation Annual Reports Due August 1st

Posted on: 07/30/2019 10:21 am

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Video: Much Accomplished

Posted on: 07/24/2019 10:24 am

Six months in to the first year of Secretary Thurston’s administration, this video highlights some of the office’s projects.

 

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

Posted on: 05/16/2019 10:06 am

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Secretary of State John Thurston to Meet with Counterparts

Posted on: 02/07/2019 2:14 pm

Secretary of State John Thurston to Meet with Counterparts

Attends National Secretaries of State Winter Conference in Washington, D.C.

(January 31, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston traveled to Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Winter Conference.  This will be Secretary Thurston's first meeting with his counterparts from across the country.

Key themes over the next few days' meetings will involve elections, cybersecurity, international relations, and business services.  Attendees will hear from experts, share best practices and innovations, discuss common issues, and vote on policy matters presented by the organization's committees.  Secretary Thurston will serve on the Elections Committee, Business Services Committee, Cybersecurity Comittee, and the International Relations Committee.

The Secretaries have been invited Saturday evening to a reception at the Embassy of New Zealand. The conference begins Friday and concludes on Monday.

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Secretary of State John Thurston Meets with Representatives of Taiwan

Posted on: 01/30/2019 11:16 am

Secretary of State John Thurston Meets with Representatives of Taiwan

Delegation Visiting Arkansas for Inaugural Events

(January 17, 2019, LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – On Wednesday, Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, who was sworn into office earlier this week, welcomed a delegation from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston. They were visiting Little Rock to attend several inaugural events.

Secretary Thurston and Director General Peter C.Y. Chen enjoyed a friendly meeting and discussed a number of issues. Director Chen touted Taiwan as a country that values economic freedom and intellectual property rights and seeks to grow business relationships with American companies.

"The delegation from Taiwan wanted to introduce themselves and continue the dialogue between our government and theirs, in hopes of building a relationship of cooperation, friendship, and economic prosperity," said Thurston.  "Technology research and development, education, trade, and business development are a few of the areas where joint collaboration is possible. We look forward to continuing the conversation."

TECO Houston is the representative office of the government of Taiwan responsible for foreign relations with Arkansas.  They have visited Arkansas on several previous occasions.

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Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet December 13th

Posted on: 12/05/2022 4:06 pm

The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 13 at 10:00 AM, in Room 160 of the Victory Building. The meeting will also be held via Zoom (link provided below).

Members of the National Statuary Hall Steering Committee are asked to attend as there may be items regarding National Statuary Hall that need to be voted on.

Arkansas Secretary of State is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

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Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet December 1st

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Public Notice: Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission to Meet

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Secretary of State Announces Temporary Waiver of Franchise Tax Late Fees and Interest Charges

Posted on: 03/31/2020 12:34 pm

Secretary of State Announces Temporary Waiver of Franchise Tax Late Fees and Interest Charges

Tax Deadline is May 1st;  Late Fees and Interest Waived Until July 15th

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston announced today that late fees and interest charges on businesses' annual franchise taxes will be waived until July 15th. The filing deadline for annual franchise taxes is May 1st. Typically, companies filing after the deadline are charged a $25 late fee plus 0.000274% interest per day the payment is delinquent. These penalties will be waived for those who file between May 2nd and July 15th.  This only applies to the 2020 franchise tax reporting year.

Secretary Thurston said, "The May 1st deadline is set by state law, however, we thought this would be one way to help companies who may need a little extra time to get their tax payments in order. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on our business community and we want to help them in any way that we can."

The Secretary continues to work closely with all stakeholders and coordinated these efforts with those of the Governor’s Office and the Department of Finance and Administration.

Arkansas franchise taxes can be filed conveniently online at https://www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php.

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Capitol Lighting Ceremony

Posted on: 11/27/2019 12:42 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Late Representative Walker to Lie in State in State Capitol

Posted on: 10/29/2019 4:22 pm

Late Representative Walker to Lie in State in State Capitol

Public invited to pay their respects Thursday between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston has announced that the late Representative John Walker will lie in state in the second floor rotunda of the State Capitol on Thursday, October 31, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  The public is invited to attend and pay their respects.

Of Representative Walker's passing, Secretary Thurston said, "I want to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Representative John Walker. He was a respected civil rights leader in Arkansas and across the nation, an accomplished attorney, and a tenacious legislator who stood up and fought for his beliefs. May God bless his memory and comfort his loved ones during this time."

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2020 Wall Calendar Requests Now Open

Posted on: 10/22/2019 2:54 pm

The sign up to reserve a 2020 Wall Calendar is now open!  You will need to fill out the form at the link below to reserve yours. We are only taking ONLINE orders at this time. Once the cap has been hit, we will no longer take orders. You will want to sign up right away, these things go fast!

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A CALENDAR 

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Election Results: House District 36 Special Runoff

Posted on: 09/03/2019 8:55 pm

More Information: https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AR/96726/

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Special Election: State House District 36

Posted on: 08/06/2019 9:06 pm

Click the link below to see Election Results...

More Information: https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AR/96257/

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Secretary of State John Thurston Sworn Into Office

Posted on: 01/30/2019 11:08 am

Secretary of State John Thurston Sworn Into Office

Begins First Term as 34th Secretary of State

(January 15, 2019, LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) — Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston took the oath of office this morning to become Arkansas's 34th Secretary of State.  The oath was administered by Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp.  Secretary Thurston was accompanied by his wife and family.

"I am honored today to have been entrusted with this office by the people of Arkansas," said Thurston.  "I look forward to serving the next four years and working to make this office a model of good government for our state."

Secretary Thurston was elected to office in the November 6th General Election after serving two four-year terms as Commissioner of State Lands.  He campaigned on a platform of efficiency in government, fair elections, streamlining services for business, and enhancing Capitol security.

Secretary Thurston succeeds outgoing Secretary of State Mark Martin, who served in the office for two terms.

About Secretary of State John Thurston

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, was first elected as Secretary in November of 2018, after serving eight years as Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands.  John is the past chairman of the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.  He is also the past president of the Western States Land Commissioners Association.  John was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and was raised in Saline County, attending and graduating from Sheridan High School in 1991.  He attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (Clark County) before graduating from Agape College in Little Rock with a diploma in Biblical Studies.  John was a licensed minister and was a Certified Religious Assistant in the Arkansas state prison system.

John now resides in East End, Arkansas (Saline County) with his wife Joanna and their five children.  He is also an avid outdoorsman.

John’s vision for the future is that the Secretary of State along with Arkansas government will lead the nation in the area of ethics and accountability.

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