What Are Arkansas Ballot Issues?
Arkansas is one of 15 states where residents can propose an amendment to the state constitution or refer a state law to voters, and where legislators also have the authority to refer amendments to voters.
Citizens can file the title of their ballot issue with the Arkansas Secretary of State at any time to begin the initiative process. Only after filing the title can they collect voter signatures to qualify their issue for the statewide ballot.
Proposed constitutional amendments and state laws will be on the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot.
What Issues are on the 2022 Arkansas Ballot?
The Secretary of State's Office will finalize the November 2022 Arkansas ballot by the end of August. At that time, it will be clearer which constitutional amendments and state laws voters will have a say on at the polls.
We do know voters will see at least three proposed constitutional amendments. Arkansas lawmakers voted in 2021 to put three proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2022 ballot. The proposals include:
A constitutional amendment to reform certain measures presented to voters, to be known as the "Constitutional Amendment and Ballot Initiative Reform Amendment”
A constitutional amendment to allow the General Assembly to convene in extraordinary session upon the issuance of a joint written proclamation of the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate or upon the submission of a written proclamation containing the signatures of at least 2/3 of the members of the House of Representatives and at least 2/3 of the members of the Senate to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate requesting that the General Assembly convene in extraordinary session
A constitutional amendment to create the "Arkansas Religious Freedom Amendment"
Check back closer to Election Day 2022 for our neutral voter guide on Arkansas statewide ballot issues. Please feel free to share our website, www.uaex.uada.edu/ballot and materials with others.
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What Other Elections Are Happening?
Arkansas cities and counties often hold elections throughout the year related to property or sales tax or other important local matters. We provide fact sheets on some local issues by request from our county agents.
About Our Materials
Since 2004, the Public Policy Center has published unbiased fact sheets on statewide ballot measures so voters have a better understanding of what is being asked of them on Election Day. The fact sheets go through a vetting process that includes reviews by issue supporters and opponents.
In 2020, we distributed 38,000 ballot issue voter guides across Arkansas' 75 counties. People also downloaded the guide more than 18,000 times. Find past voter guides in our archive.
What will I find in Extension's ballot voter guide?
- How the proposal will appear on the ballot
- Answers to some basic questions about each issue
- Reasons why people may support or oppose the proposal
- A worksheet to record your voting plans