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What were the 2014 Arkansas Ballot Issues?

Issue 1 - An Amendment Empowering the General Assembly to Provide for Legislative Committee Review and Approval of State Agencies' Administrative Rules Voters approved

Issue 2 - An Amendment Allowing More Time to Gather Signatures on a State-Wide Initiative or Referendum Petition Only if the Petition as Originally Filed Contained at Least 75% of the Valid Signatures Required Voters approved

Issue 3 - An Amendment Regulating Contributions to Candidates for State or Local Office, Barring Gifts from Lobbyists to Certain State Officials, Providing for Setting Salaries of Certain State Officials, and Setting Term Limits for Members of the General Assembly Voters approved

Issue 4 - The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Voters rejected

Issue 5 - An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Voters approved


Newsletters - What ballot issues did we write about in 2014?

Panelists Discuss, Explain Issue 3 - December 2014 
Less than five hours after the polls closed Nov. 4, a constitutional amendment approved by voters that very day took effect. A month after the election, Arkansans are trying to better understand the impact of their decision to restrict lobbyist spending at the state capitol, to create a new panel overseeing pay for elected officials, and to make changes to legislative term limits.

Election Day is Today - November 2014 
Election Day is here. Polls are open until 7:30 p.m.

State Supreme Court OKs Minimum Wage Issue for Nov. 4 Ballot - October 2014 
Arkansans will vote on a proposal to increase the state's minimum wage after the State Supreme Court rejected a request to remove Issue 5 from the 2014 ballot. 

Early Voting Underway in Arkansas - October 2014
Arkansans had their first opportunity Monday to cast votes in the 2014 election, which included ballot issues such as the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment that survived a court challenge. 

Three Issues Still Under Court Review - October 2014
Opponents of several 2014 ballot issues have taken to billboards, radio and even a State Fair booth to highlight their viewpoints, but voters will have to wait a little longer to find out if Issues 3, 4 and 5 are on the state ballot.

Fact Sheets on 2014 Ballot Issues Now Available - October 2014
New ethics rules for state elected officials, statewide alcohol sales and a raised minimum wage are among the five issues voters will be asked to decide upon when they go to the polls on Nov. 4. To help voters understand the complexity of the issues and the arguments on both sides, the Public Policy Center of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has developed easy to understand fact sheets on each ballot item. 

Alcohol, Minimum Wage Make the Ballot But Lawsuit Filed - September 2014
The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment has enough signatures to make the November ballot, but retailers opposed to the amendment filed a lawsuit earlier this month in an attempt to kick it off the ballot.

Last Weekend for Ballot Groups to Seek Signatures - August 2014 
Two ballot groups seeking a spot on the November 2014 general election ballot should know their fate next week. Aug. 21 is the deadline for the Secretary of State's Office to tell local counties what will be on the ballot in terms of ballot issues. 

Ballot Groups Missed Deadline for Ballot, Attorney Says - July 2014 
Like many people on July 4, Secretary of State employees had the day off. The state Capitol building was closed. Because of the national holiday, the published deadline to turn in signatures for the 2014 ballot was the following Monday, July 7. This is decades-old practice in Arkansas, but an attorney has asked the Secretary of State's office to throw out thousands of signatures for an alcohol measure because the state Constitution requires petitions to be turned in four months ahead of an election. The real deadline, according to the attorney, was July 4.

Alcohol Expansion, Minimum Wage Step Closer to 2014 BallotJuly 2014
Thirty part-time workers are combing through thousands of pages of signatures submitted Monday, July 7 by supporters of expanded alcohol sales and an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Signature Deadline Looming for Ballot GroupsJune 2014
Ballot measure groups have less than a month to collect signatures of support necessary to put their proposed laws in front of voters in November. July 7 is the deadline for groups to submit signature petitions to the Secretary of State's office. 

Gay Marriage Petitioners Weighing Future After Court Ruling - May 2014
Gay marriage advocates are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to continue gathering signatures to overturn a 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage after a judge last week found the decade old amendment unconstitutional.

Voters Polled on Medical Marijuana, Minimum Wage, Ethics/Term Limits - April 2014
Arkansas voters who were polled in April reported high support for increasing the state's minimum wage, split feelings on medical marijuana and opposition to a legislative-referred issue that includes changes to the state's term limits law.

Ballot Groups Focusing on Signatures - March 2014
Over the next four months, Arkansas voters may notice signature collectors at festivals, on street corners or at popular local hangouts.

Popular Name Issue Resolved - February 2014
State officials worked past the confusion of who is responsible for writing popular names for legislative ballot issues and released titles Friday of two measures expected to appear on the November ballot.

Attention Shifts to Proposals From Legislature - January 2014
Three ballot issues referred from the Legislature have taken an unexpected detour - they are on hold until a popular name can be worked out for the proposed constitutional amendments.