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The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Sept. 17, 2020 that Issue 6 did not qualify for the
ballot because of problems with paperwork certifying that canvassers had passed required
background checks. The signatures collected by those canvassers could not be counted,
the court ruled. Therefore sponsors did not have the required voter signatures to
qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for the ballot. Read the court rulings online.
Issue 6 may still appear on ballots due to the time ballots were printed or programmed.
Votes cast for/against the issue will not be counted.
On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each ballot issue proposal.
Want to read the rest of it? Here's a link to Act 579.
Voters are being asked whether they want to keep or repeal a new law (Act 579) legislators
passed in 2019 allowing optometrists to perform certain surgical procedures they are
educated about but that they were not allowed to perform under previous state law.
If kept in place by voters, Act 579 would:
Arkansas' Constitution allows the public to petition for a statewide vote on an act
passed by the state legislature. Known as a referendum, this type of statewide ballot
measure asks voters for approval or rejection of a new state law. A vote in favor
keeps the law; A vote against would repeal the law.
Safe Surgery Arkansas submitted more than 53,491 valid voter signatures on a referendum
petition to the Secretary of State's Office for a vote on Act 579 of the 2019 legislative
session. The referendum is being challenged in court.
Opponents and supporters that spend money to campaign are required to register with
the Arkansas Ethics Commission as aballot or legislative question committee. Visit the Commission's website to view these filings, which include names of people behind a group and how much
money has been raised or spent.
Arkansans for Healthy Eyes
Ethics Commission Filing
Safe Surgery Arkansas
Arkansas Optometric Association