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2021 Arkansas Ballot Issue Newsletters

New Law Sets Dates for Special Elections - December 2021
Arkansas lawmakers passed Act 610 during the first general session of 2021. The new law establishes four specific dates during the year when special elections may take place.

Ballot Issue Groups Report Small Amounts Raised - November 2021
Not much money has been raised or spent on 2022 ballot issue campaigns so far, according to records filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

Group Files Referendums to Challenge Split Districts - October 2021
Voters should decide whether to keep voting boundaries Arkansas legislators set for the state's four U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 Census, according to a group circulating a petition to put the new redistricting map on the 2022 ballot.

Recap: Where We're At With 2022 Ballot Issues - September 2021
It's the fall before an election year and it seems quiet. Quiet for ballot issues that is. We've published the Arkansas Ballot Issue News and Notes every month since 2014, and it's about this time in a non-election year where we begin to wonder whether there will be many ballot issues for voters to consider the next year.

How Many Signatures Are Needed For Ballot Issues? - August 2021
Arkansas is one of 15 states where citizens can ask voters to consider a referendum on a new state law, propose a state law and a constitutional amendment. But in order to get their issue on a ballot, a group must collect a certain number of voter signatures from at least 15 counties across Arkansas. 

Group Ends Referendum Bid And Seeks New Laws - July 2021
Arkansans for a Unified Natural State ended their effort this week to ask voters whether three new state laws should take effect, and instead vowed to collect signatures for 10 new state laws.

Referendum Signatures Due Next Month - June 2021
The group Arkansans for a Unified Natural State has a month to go before it must submit voter signatures to qualify its three proposed referendums for the 2022 ballot.

Updated: Group Seeks Multiple Referendums - May 2021
Updated: Group Seeks Multiple Referendums (text-only version)
Arkansans for a Unified Natural State want voters to have a say over several new laws adopted by state legislators during the 2021 legislative session. Editor's note: This is an updated version of a newsletter distributed May 28, 2021.

Lawmakers Send 3 Amendments to Voters - April 2021
Lawmakers Send 3 Amendments to Voters (text-only version)
Wrapping up their legislative session this week, Arkansas lawmakers approved sending a third constitutional amendment to voters on the November 2022 ballot.

Amendments for 2022 Ballot Under Discussion- March 2021
Amendment for 2022 Ballot Under Discussion (text-only version)
Discussion started this week on 43 proposals filed at the state legislature for the 2022 ballot.

Lawmakers File 43 Proposals for 2022 Ballot - February 2021
Lawmakers File 43 Proposals for 2022 Ballot (text-only version)
Arkansas lawmakers filed 43 proposed constitutional amendments for the 2022 ballot, just one more than legislators submitted in the 2019 session.

Legislators Filing 2022 Ballot Issue Proposals - January 2021
Legislators Filing 2022 Ballot Issue Proposals (text-only version)
Arkansas lawmakers filed their first proposed constitutional amendments for the 2022 ballot since the General Session started earlier this month.