Archive - 2016 Voter Guide & Ballot Issue Newsletters
What were the 2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues?
Download the complete Arkansas Ballot Issue Voter Guide or click on the individual ballot issues below to read the fact sheet.
Issue 1 - An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning the Terms, Election, and Eligibility of Elected Officials Voters approved
Issue 2 - A Constitutional Amendment to Allow the Governor to Retain His or Her Powers and Duties When Absent From the State Voters approved
Issue 3 - An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion,
and Economic Development Voters approved
Issue 4 - An Amendment to Limit Attorney Contingency Fees and Non-Economic Damages in Medical Lawsuits Struck from ballot
Issue 5 - An Amendment to Allow Three Casinos to Operate in Arkansas, One Each in the Following Counties: Boone County, operated by Arkansas Gaming and Resorts, LLC; Miller County, operated by Miller County Gaming, LLC; and Washington County, operated by Washington County Gaming, LLC. Struck from ballot
Issue 6 - The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 Voters approved
Issue 7 - The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act Struck from ballot
Newsletters - What ballot issues did we write about in 2016?
Legislative Session Means 2018 Ballot Discussion - December 2016
Just one bill seeking to alter the Arkansas Constitution has been pre-filed in the run-up to the start of the 2017 legislative session.
Arkansas Voters Approve All Four Ballot Measures - November 2016
Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved three constitutional amendments offered up by the legislature, and became the latest state Tuesday to legalize the growing, sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Election Day is Here - November 2016
Polling places open in less than 24 hours for Election Day in Arkansas.
Supreme Court Strikes Issue 7 from Ballot - October 2016
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that votes cast on Issue 7 will not be counted. The court ruling disqualifying The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act comes on the fourth day of early voting for the 2016 General Election.
Early Voting Starts Monday - October 2016
Early voting in Arkansas starts Monday. Not sure where to vote? Most early voting in our state takes place at the county clerk's office, but contact your county clerk for more information.
Supreme Court Knocks Two Issues Off Ballot - October 2016
The 2016 Arkansas ballot just got a little bit shorter. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday removed Issue 4 and Issue 5 from the ballot.
Arkansas Ballot Issue Voter Guide Now Available - September 2016
With seven ballot issues to decide in November, your five minutes in the voting booth might fly by. Go prepared by reading the 2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide published by the Public Policy Center at the Cooperative Extension Service.
Medical Lawsuit Amendment Qualifies for the Ballot - August 2016
As Election Day draws closer, voters have a slightly better idea of what constitutional amendments and state laws will be on the ballot to decide. Since the last News & Notes, a proposed amendment that asks voters to give state legislators the authority to pass laws regarding attorney fees and money awarded for pain and suffering in medical-injury lawsuits has qualified for the ballot.
Medical Cannabis Act Qualifies for 2016 Ballot - July 2016
Voters will have another say on whether Arkansas should legalize marijuana for medical purposes after the Secretary of State's Office declared that The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act had enough voter signatures to put a proposed law on the November ballot.
Signature Deadline Looming Over Citizen Groups - June 2016
If you've gone to a festival lately, filled up your gas tank or even spent the day at the zoo, it's likely you've run into somebody asking you to sign a ballot issue petition. Citizen groups have less than a month to collect signatures to qualify their issues for the November ballot.
Group Seeking Spot on Ballot for Medical Lawsuit Rules - May 2016
When they met in 2015, legislators filed at least nine proposed constitutional amendments concerning legal proceedings in civil cases. None of those proposals made it to the ballot. Now a citizen group, Health Care Access for Arkansans, is seeking a spot on the November ballot for a constitutional amendment that would affect how much money could be collected for medical injuries.
Supreme Court Selection Process Under Review - April 2016
Should Arkansas voters stop electing state supreme court judges and turn over the duty to the governor? Legislators in recent weeks have debated this idea and the possibility of referring the matter to voters in the November election.
Campaign Reports Reveal Ballot Issue Support/Opposition - March 2016
Before campaign signs ever pop up in yards and street medians, supporters or opponents of a ballot issue register with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to essentially say they will be spending money and time on an election.
Voters Won't Find Petitions for Every Proposal - February 2016
When you look at the bottom of this e-mail, you will find a long list of potential ballot issues whose sponsors have the official OK to circulate them for signatures needed to put the issues on the November ballot. But that doesn't mean you will find petitions for all of them
Groups Busy Gathering Signatures, A Look Ahead - January 2016
Signature gathering is well underway for issues that could make the November 2016 ballot.