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Press Release: Statement from the Arkansas Secretary of State

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



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.