Notification records unavailable for the former Sebastian County Election Commissioner’s felony conviction.

AND THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, AND SOME OF THE ANSWERS MAY SURPRISE YOU. “UNDER THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION, BY LAW, THE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT CLERK SHOULD NOTIFY THE COUNTY CLERK WHEN A PERSON IS CONVICTED OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE. THE LAW PROVIDES THAT THE COUNTY CLERK MUST CANCEL THIS PERSON’S VOTING REGISTRATION UNTIL THEY ARE CONVICTED BUT THAT DID NOT HAPPEN IN AT LEAST ONE CASE NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO AND WE HAVE LEARNED THE PROCESS HAS NOT CHANGED MUCH HERE IN SEBASTIAN COUNTY.” “This pile here, the pleas I took in court yesterday. These are all felony convictions that we will get.” SEBASTIAN COUNTY ASSISTANT CLERK TY-ANNA CALDWELL UPDATES THE RECORDS OF PEOPLE CONVICTED OF CRIMES EVERY DAY. SO FAR THIS YEAR, SHE HAS HELPED PREPARE CASES FOR MORE THAN 1,700 PEOPLE. IN ADDITION TO THE COURT FILE, SHE ADDS WHAT IS CALLED “NOTICE OF CONVICTION” WHICH IS SENT TO THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK WHO UPDATE VOTERS’ REGISTRATIONS. (nats…Caldwell says “it’s over today.”) “I don’t know where it goes from here or who takes them or who is responsible for them.” NOTIFICATIONS ARE DELIVERED BUT THERE IS NO RECORDING OR SIGN-OFF IF SENT OR RECEIVED BY COUNTY CLERKS. “we do not keep a paper record because this notice of conviction is not part of the record. This voter registration is not our record.” BUT NO ONE HAS DATA IF THE NOTIFICATION WAS SENT OR RECEIVED FOR JASON ANDREW VINEYARD IN 2003. “No we don’t know and there is no paper trail. And I couldn’t tell you for sure I wouldn’t gamble my life on it, but I would say I’m 90% sure it was done because that’s just what we do.” VINEYARD WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE SEBASTIAN COUNTY ELECTORAL COMMISSION UNTIL LAST WEEK WHEN HE WAS REQUESTED FROM OFFICE FOR A 2003 CRIMINAL CONVICTION FOR WRITING HOT CHECKS…FRESH. THE VINEYARD CASE IS CONSIDERED STILL ACTIVE UNTIL THE BALANCE IS REFUNDED. BUT ACCORDING TO VOTING RECORDS FROM THE ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE, VINEYARD HAS VOTED IN EVERY MAJOR ELECTION SINCE 2004, AFTER HIS CRIMINAL CONVICTION. “given this was 20 years ago, it’s hard to speculate exactly what happened.” KEVIN NIEHAUS IS THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FOR THE ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE. HE SAYS THIS CASE IS CONCERNING. “Especially when you have someone who is also an election commissioner, you know, someone who you think should know about this stuff.” NIEHAUS SAYS THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS SENDING MONTHLY ARKANSAS CRIME INFORMATION CENTER REPORTS TO COUNTIES, NOTIFYING THEM OF NEW CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS. HE SAYS THE PROCESS HAS SOME CHANGED SINCE 2003. “It’s a pretty simple process for them, it’s done digitally these days, now 20 years ago it was done by paper.” THE SEBASTIAN COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE SAYS IT HAD NO NOTICE THAT VINEYARD WAS NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, UNTIL THE ATTORNEY ORDERS VINEYARD’S VOTER REGISTRATION REVOKED LAST WEEK. CURRENT COUNTY CLERK SHARON BROOKS DID NOT WANT TO SPEAK ON CAMERA BUT SAY CLERK UPDATE EVERY VOTER REGISTRATION ONCE THEY ARE NOTIFIED. SHE WOULDN’T TALK ABOUT PAST POLICIES, BUT FORMER COUNTY CLERK DORIS TATE SAYS THEY HAVE NOT CHANGED MUCH OVER THE YEARS. IN SEBASTIAN COUNTY THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 70 THOUSAND REGISTERED VOTERS, IN THE STATE MORE THAN 1.76 MILLION PEOPLE ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE. “Am I going to sit here and say the voters list is 100% accurate. I mean in stuff like that, there are things that slip through the cracks and happen , like something like that 20 years ago, but I really think it’s rare and far between.” AND WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ARKANSAS VOTERS LIST AUDIT, NIEHAUS SAYS… “”SHORT CIRCUIT CLERK CINDY GILMER SAYS SHE IS CHECKING TO SEE IF THE POLICIES CAN BE UPDATED IN HER OFFICE TO HELP CONFIRM IT

Notification records unavailable for former Sebastian County election commissioner’s felony conviction

Arkansas law requires the county circuit court clerk to notify the county clerk of all felony convictions. The law requires the county clerk to update voter registrations. But the 2003 felony notification records do not exist, according to the circuit court clerk. but I would say I’m 90% certain it was done because that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Sebastian County Circuit Court clerk Cindy Gilmer. According to court records, former election commissioner Jason Vineyard was convicted of a 2003 overdraft charge. Voting records from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office showed Vineyard voted in every election. major since 2004, after being convicted of a crime. According to the County Clerk’s Office, Vineyard’s voter registration has never been revoked. 40/29 News notified county officials of the felony conviction. On September 12, 2022, the prosecutor ordered the county clerk to revoke Vineyard’s voter registration, which left him unqualified to serve as election commissioner. As of Sept. 20, Vineyard still owed $8,850 in fines and restitution, according to the prosecutor’s office. government affairs for the sect. from the state office. Niehaus said county clerks also receive felony conviction notifications from the Arkansas Crime Information Center that are emailed by the cult. from the state office each month. “Am I going to sit here and say the voters list is 100% accurate? I mean, in stuff like that, there are things that slip through the cracks and happen, like something like that 20 years ago, but I really think it’s rare and far between,” Niehaus said.

Arkansas law requires the county circuit court clerk to notify the county clerk of all felony convictions. The law requires the county clerk to update voter registrations. But the 2003 felony notification records do not exist, according to the circuit court clerk.

“No we don’t and there is no paper trail. And I couldn’t tell you for sure, I wouldn’t risk my life on it, but I would say I’m 90% sure it has been done because that’s just what we do,” said Cindy Gilmer, clerk of the Sebastian County Circuit Court.

According to court records, former election commissioner Jason Vineyard was convicted of felony charges in 2003. Voting records from the Arkansas secretary of state’s office showed Vineyard had voted in every major election since 2004. , after being convicted of a crime. According to the County Clerk’s Office, Vineyard’s voter registration has never been revoked.

40/29 News notified county officials of the felony conviction. On September 12, 2022, the prosecutor ordered the county clerk to revoke Vineyard’s voter registration, which left him unqualified to serve as election commissioner. As of September 20, Vineyard still owed $8,850 in fines and restitution, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“Given this was 20 years ago, it’s hard to speculate what exactly happened,” said Kevin Niehaus, the cult’s director of government affairs. from the state office.

Niehaus said county clerks also receive felony conviction notifications from the Arkansas Crime Information Center that are emailed by the cult. from the state office each month.

“Am I going to sit here and say the voters list is 100% accurate? I mean in stuff like that, there are things that slip through the cracks and happen, like something like this 20 years ago, but I really think it’s rare,” Niehaus said.