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Immigration is off the ballot in Arkansas. From the Arkansas News Bureau:
LITTLE ROCK - Supporters of a proposed initiated act to largely ban illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits acknowledged Monday they were thousands of signatures short of qualifying the measure for the November ballot.
Monday was the deadline for submitting signatures on behalf of ballot initiatives to the secretary of state's office, and the leader of the group Secure Arkansas said supporters were about 5,000 signatures short of the 61,974-signature threshold for making the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Secure Arkansas chairman Jeannie Burlsworth said she was disappointed but that the canvassing effort had strengthen her group. It's goal now, she said, is to push for passage of legislation similar to the proposed initiated act during the 2009 regular legislative session.
This is a win for Mike Beebe, Arkansas' Democratic governor, who opposed the initiative.
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