LITTLE ROCK — The Green Party of Arkansas turned in enough signatures to be able to place candidates on the ballot this year, Secretary of State Mark Martin said Thursday.

LITTLE ROCK — The Green Party of Arkansas turned in enough signatures to be able to place candidates on the ballot this year, Secretary of State Mark Martin said Thursday.

State law requires political parties to submit at least 10,000 signatures of registered Arkansas voters to gain full ballot access. The requirement does not apply to parties that received at least 3 percent of the vote in the last gubernatorial or presidential race.

The Green Party submitted its signatures on Dec. 20. Martin said Thursday his office verified that the signatures were sufficient.

The party must hold a nominating convention by May 22, the date of the state’s primary election.

The Green Party challenged the signature requirement in a 2010 lawsuit, alleging it was unduly burdensome. A federal judge ruled against the party, and the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.