The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, cooperating attorneys John E. Tull III and Noah P. Watson today filed a federal lawsuit against Kristi Stahr in her capacity as Chairwoman of the Pulaski County Board of Election Commissioners, and Commissioners David Scott and Susan Inman for violating an election official's First Amendment rights.
Plaintiff Barry Haas' free-speech rights were disregarded when he was denied an appointed position for the September 2021 special Little Rock tax election due to his personal political and ideological views.
The lawsuit alleges Haas was denied the appointed position after a Board of Election Commissioners meeting where Chairwoman Stahr claimed he was refusing in person and on social media to follow Arkansas’s photo I.D. requirement as an election official.
The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.