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Tracking Arkansas 2024 Ballot Issues

by Kristin Higgins - October 25, 2023

Arkansas citizens have until July 2024 to collect voter signatures for ballot issues they want to appear on the November 2024 ballot. We track those statewide ballot issue efforts here.

Signature Requirements for Arkansas Ballot Issues

Proposals approved for signature gathering require a certain percentage of signatures from at least 50 counties. Ballot issue groups must submit their voter petitions to the Secretary of State by July 5, 2024. 

  • Proposed constitutional amendments require valid signatures from at least 90,704 Arkansas voters.
  • Proposed state laws require valid signatures from at least 72,563 Arkansas voters.

Ballot Titles Approved for Signature Gathering

Date Approved

Popular Name

AG Opinion

Submitted By

Type of Citizen Initiative

Oct. 10, 2023

An Act to Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products and Diapers from Sales and Use Tax

A proposal to exempt period products and diapers from local and state sales tax was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2023-092.

David Couch of Little Rock

State law

Jan. 12, 2024

An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to set the time for absentee voting, create absentee voting procedures, determine the manner in which absentee ballots are counted or tabulated, and ensure that elections cannot be conducted in this state using an internet, Bluetooth, or wireless connection.

A proposal that would in part allow only the voter to handle their absentee ballot, and would also prohibit online voting, was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2023-132.

Clinton Lancaster of LIttle Rock

Constitutional amendment

Jan. 23, 2024

Arkansas Abortion Amendment

A proposal that would allow abortion was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-004

Steven Nichols of Little Rock 

Constitutional amendment

Jan. 24, 2024

The Arkansas Government Openness Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-008.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville

Constitutional amendment

Jan. 24, 2024

The Arkansas Government Disclosure Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-007

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville

Constitutional amendment

Jan. 24, 2024

The Open Meetings and Open Records in State and Local Government Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-006.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville

Constitutional amendment

Jan. 24, 2024

The Arkansas Government Disclosure Amendment of 2024.

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-005.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville

Constitutional amendment

Jan. 29, 2024

The Arkansas Government Disclosure Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-20.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville

State law

Feb. 2, 2024

The Arkansas Historic or Special Interest Vehicle Act of 2024

A proposal to change when a vehicle can qualify for antique license plates was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-017.

David Dinwiddie of Pine Bluff

State law

Feb. 20, 2024

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2024

A proposal to expand the state's medical marijuana program was approved for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2024-028.

Erika Gee of Little Rock

Constitutional amendment

 

Rejected Ballot Titles

Date Rejected

Popular Name

AG Opinion 

Submitted By

Type of Citizen Initiative

Sept. 25, 2023

An Act to Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products from Sales and Use Tax

A proposal to exempt period products from local and state sales tax was rejected because of ambiguities in the text, according to Opinion No. 2023-084.

David Couch of Little Rock

State law

 

Nov. 28, 2023

The Arkansas Reproductive Healthcare Amendment

A proposal to prevent state government from prohibiting, penalizing, delaying or restricting access to abortion was rejected due to issues with the definitions of several terms and for partisan and misleading language, according to Opinion No. 2023-107.

Steven Nichols of Little Rock  Constitutional amendment

Nov. 29, 2023

An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to conduct all elections by paper ballots containing inherent security features which protect the integrity and authenticity of an official ballot, with vote selections marked by hand using permanent ink placed directly on the ballot by the voter (except when otherwise required by federal law), permitting the counting of election day votes only after the polls close on election day, requiring the vote count to be verified by human intelligence before certification of the vote, requiring that all elections in this State be conducted by voters selecting only one candidate or issue per race with the winner determined by which candidate or issue receives the majority plus at least one vote of the total votes, preserving the special runoff system, ensuring that elections cannot be conducted in this state using an internet, Bluetooth, or wireless connection, and allocating funding to ensure free, fair, and secure elections.

A proposal to require elections in Arkansas to take place via paper ballot and to prohibit instant voting runoffs in the state, among other things, was rejected because of problems in the text of the proposed constitutional amendment and partisan language, according to Opinion No. 2023-108

Clinton Lancaster of LIttle Rock

Constitutional amendment

Nov. 29, 2023

An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to set the time for absentee voting, create absentee voting procedures, determine the manner in which absentee ballots are counted or tabulated, and ensure that elections cannot be conducted in this state using an internet, Bluetooth, or wireless connection. 

A proposal to change Amendment 50's procedures for absentee voting was rejected because of multiple ambiguities in the popular name and ballot title, according to Opinion No. 2023-109.

Clinton Lancaster of LIttle Rock

Constitutional amendment

Dec. 7, 2023
A Bill to allow any person who owns an automobile that is a model year Twenty-Five (25) years or older to register the vehicle as an Antique and Apply for Antique Automobile License Tags.
 
A proposal to allow owners of older vehicles to apply for antique license tags was rejected for a second time because of ambiguities in the text, according to Opinion No. 2023-112.
David Dinwiddie of Pine Bluff
State law
Dec. 11, 2023
The Arkansas Government Transparency Amendment
 
A proposed constitutional amendment regarding public records, notices and meetings was rejected because of ambiguities and partisan language in the measure's text, according to Opinion No. 2023-113.
David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
Constitutional amendment
Dec. 18, 2023
The Arkansas Government Transparency Act
A proposed state law regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because of constitutional issues, ambiguities and partisan language in the measure's text, according to Opinion No. 2023-116
 
David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Dec. 27, 2023
A Bill to allow any person who owns an automobile that is a model year Twenty-Five (25) years or older to register the vehicle as an Antique and Apply for Antique Automobile License Tags.
A proposal to allow owners of older vehicles to apply for antique license tags was rejected for a third time because of inconsistent references to the type of automobile, according to Opinion No. 2023-119.
David Dinwiddie of Pine Bluff
State law
Jan. 4, 2024
Arkansas Abortion Amendment
A proposal to allow abortion was rejected for a second time because the definition of health was misleading, according to Opinion No. 2023-121.
Steven Nichols of Little Rock 
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 8, 2024
The Arkansas Government Transparency Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was rejected because the ballot title did not define certain terms or include parts of existing law referenced, according to Opinion No. 2023-123.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 8, 2024
The Open Meetings and Open Records in the State and Local Government Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was rejected because the ballot title did not define certain terms or include parts of existing law referenced, according to Opinion No. 2023-124.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 8, 2024
The Arkansas Government Disclosure Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was rejected because the ballot title did not define certain terms or include parts of existing law referenced, according to Opinion No. 2023-125.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 8, 2024
The Arkansas Government Openness Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment related to public meetings, notices and records was rejected because the ballot title did not define certain terms or include parts of existing law referenced, according to Opinion No. 2023-126.

Note: The four proposed ballot titles filed by David Couch and Jen Standerfer for a constitutional amendment vary slightly. The biggest difference among them are the popular names.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 9, 2024
The Arkansas Government Transparency Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because the ballot title did not inform voters the impact on existing state law, according to Opinion No. 2023-127.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 9, 2024
The Arkansas Open Meetings and Open Records in State and Local Government Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because the ballot title did not inform voters the impact on existing state law, according to Opinion No. 2023-128.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 9, 2024
The Arkansas Government Disclosure Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because the ballot title did not inform voters the impact on existing state law, according to Opinion No. 2023-129.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 9, 2024
The Arkansas Government Openness Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because the ballot title did not inform voters the impact on existing state law, according to Opinion No. 2023-130

Note: The four proposed ballot titles filed by David Couch and Jen Standerfer for an initiated act (state law) vary slightly. The biggest difference among them are the popular names.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 9, 2024
Educational Rights Amendment of 2024

A proposal to require every school that receives public funds to meet the same academic standards was rejected in part because the standards might prevent religious schools from offering religious education that's not allowed in public schools, according to Opinion No. 2023-131.

Barry Jefferson of Little Rock
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 12, 2024
An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to enhance the security of public elections, require the use of secure hand marked paper ballots, permit disabled voters to continue using voting machines, regulate the counting and verification of votes cast during an election, preserve the current method of selecting candidates, and ensure that elections cannot be conducted in this State using an internet, Bluetooth, or wireless connections.

A proposal to require elections in Arkansas to take place via paper ballot and to prohibit instant voting runoffs in the state, among other things, was rejected in part over how the term disability was defined, according to Opinion No. 2023-133

Clinton Lancaster of LIttle Rock
Constitutional amendment
Jan. 25, 2024
The Arkansas Government Transparency Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because part of the language was misleading, according to Opinion No. 2024-009.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 25, 2024
The Arkansas Open Meetings and Open Records In State and Local Government Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because part of the language was misleading, according to Opinion No. 2024-010.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 25, 2024
The Arkansas Government Disclosure Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because part of the language was misleading, according to Opinion No. 2024-011.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 25, 2024
The Arkansas Government Openness Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because part of the language was misleading, according to Opinion No. 2024-012.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 25, 2024
The Arkansas Government Transparency Act

A proposal regarding public records, notices and meetings, along with the creation of a new commission, was rejected because part of the language was misleading, according to Opinion No. 2024-013.

Note: The five proposed ballot titles filed by David Couch and Jen Standerfer for an initiated act (state law) vary slightly. The biggest difference among them are the popular names.

David Couch of Little Rock and Jen Standerfer of Bentonville
State law
Jan. 29, 2024
Arkansas Medical Cannabis Amendment of 2024

A proposal to expand the state's medical marijuana law was rejected because of undefined terms and ambiguities that don't tell voters what would change, according to Opinion No. 2024-014.

Stephen R. Lancaster of Little Rock
Constitutional amendment
Feb. 8, 2024
Arkansas Educational Rights Amendment of 2024

A proposal to require every school receiving public funds meet the same academic and accreditation standards was rejected because of ambiguities in the ballot title, according to Opinion No. 2024-019

Barry Jefferson of Little Rock
Constitutional amendment
Feb. 20, 2024
An Amendment to Amend the Initiative And Referendum Process.

A proposal regarding the state's ballot initiative process was rejected because of ambiguities in the text related to the state Supreme Court, according to Opinion No. 2024-026.

David Couch of Little Rock
Constitutional amendment
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