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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 continuing a one-half percent
(0.5%) sales and use tax for state highways and bridges; county roads, bridges and
other surface transportation; and city streets, bridges, and other surface transportation
after the retirement of the bonds authorized in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 91. Voters approved
Issue 2 - The Arkansas Term Limits Amendment Voters approved
Issue 3 - A constitutional amendment to amend the process for the submission, challenge,
and approval of proposed initiated acts, constitutional amendments, and referenda Voters rejected
Issue 4 - The Arkansas Citizens’ Redistricting Commission Amendment Struck from the ballot
Issue 5 - A constitutional amendment establishing top four open primary elections
and majority winner general elections with instant runoffs if necessary Struck from the ballot
Issue 6 - Referendum on Act 579, an act to amend the definition of “Practice of Optometry” Struck from the ballot
Now that the 2020 election is over, our attention shifts to potential 2022 ballot
issues. Arkansas lawmakers convene next month and during the 93rd General Assembly, they'll
propose constitutional amendments for the 2022 ballot.
Supreme Court Removes Issue 4, Issue 5 - August 2020Sponsors using the word "acquired" when submitting information about canvasser background
checks to the state led to tens of thousands of voter signatures being tossed and
Issue 4 and Issue 5 being struck from the ballot.
Aug. 20 Deadline to Certify Statewide Ballot, But Uncertainty and Court Cases Continue - August 2020Arkansas' official statewide ballot will be certified and sent to county clerks by
Aug. 20 but that process won't resolve the uncertainty over which ballot measures
will remain when voters finally cast their votes this fall.
Ballot Issue Groups Submit Signatures - July 2020Ballot issue groups submitted voter signatures for three proposed constitutional amendments
by the deadline Monday afternoon.
Ballot Issue Groups Scramble as Pandemic Petition Rules Change - June 2020Ballot issue groups pivoted again this month in how they collected voter signatures
for their proposed constitutional amendments after a federal appeals court blocked
an earlier ruling that allowed them to collect signatures by mail.
Voters Can Sign Ballot Issue Petitions Without Canvasser As Witness, Judge Rules - May 2020A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas voters can sign ballot issue petitions without
a canvasser witnessing it, easing some requirements during the pandemic for citizen
initiative groups to collect the nearly 90,000 voter signatures required to put proposed
constitutional amendments on the November ballot.
Lawsuit Filed to Extend Voter Signature Deadline & to Allow Virtual Canvassing - April 2020A group wanting to change the process for drawing congressional and legislative districts
in Arkansas recently filed a federal lawsuit seeking additional time to collect voter
signatures for their ballot measure citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Signature Canvassing Opportunities Disappear As Events Cancel Across Arkansas - March 2020 Canvassers who rely on spring festivals and events to collect voter signatures needed
to put constitutional amendments and state laws on the ballot are seeing these opportunities
disappearing in light of COVID-19.
Dozen Ballot Proposals in Signature Phase - February 2020A dozen potential ballot issues have been filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State's
Office, meaning voters could be asked to sign 12 different petitions for the November
Referendum Survives Legal Challenges - January 2020The Arkansas Supreme Court and now a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge have rejected
efforts to prevent a referendum on a new state law from being placed on the November