Arkansas Ballot Issues
Arkansas voters choose more than candidates on Election Day. They also have a role in shaping state policies by voting on proposals which seek to change to the state constitution.
Arkansas is one of 15 states where citizens can propose constitutional amendments, state laws and veto referendums on the ballot for voters to decide. Legislators also have the right to refer up to three constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot.
The Cooperative Extension Service provides voters with neutral, research-based information on all of the statewide ballot proposals. Ultimately our goal is to increase voter participation and help Arkansans be confident in their vote.
The next statewide election is in November 2024.
Looking Ahead to 2024 Arkansas Ballot Issues
Arkansas lawmakers began meeting in January 2023. It's during this legislative session that they file proposed constitutional amendments for the 2024 ballot. Legislators filed 33 proposals involving more than a dozen topics by the Feb. 8 deadline.
Click to Read Legislative Proposals Here
Citizen groups can also file proposals for the 2024 ballot by submitting the popular name and title of their proposal to the Attorney General's Office.
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 2022, we distributed 40,000 ballot issue voter guides across Arkansas' 75 counties. Our ballot issue education web pages attracted 346,972 unique visitors who recorded 432,615 page views between Sept. 1-Nov. 11, 2022. Find past voter guides in our archive.
What will I find in Extension's ballot issue voter guide?
- How the proposals will appear on the ballot
- Answers to basic questions about each issue
- Reasons why people may support or oppose the proposals
- A worksheet to record your voting plans
Want Year-Round Arkansas Ballot Issue Education?
Find important Arkansas election dates, a general handout about elections (in English and Spanish), and frequently asked voter questions on our Voter Education Resources page.
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- Read our blog posts about ballot issues and other election news on the Community, Professional and Economic Development unit blog.
Request a presentation to your organization or group. Ballot issue education programs can be requested by contacting your local county extension agent or by contacting the Public Policy Center at 501-671-2160. You can also email us at email@example.com
Ballot Issue Education Resources
You can pick up a paper voter registration application in several different locations in your community.
- County Clerk Offices
- State Revenue Offices
- Public libraries
- Public assistance agencies
- Disability agencies
- Military recruitment offices
If you don't see the forms on displayed on a table at the location, ask an employee for help.
You can also print off a paper application from the Secretary of State's website.
You can also ask the Secretary of State to mail you a voter registration application.
Turn in your completed form to your county clerk's office.
PPC Analysis: Citizen-Initiative Ballot Access Requirements by State (2021)
State agencies involved with Arkansas ballot issues
- Ballot issue campaign finance - Arkansas Ethics Commission
- Ballot Initiative Information - Attorney General's Office
- Initiative process - Arkansas Secretary of State's Office
- PPC Analysis: Citizen-Initiative Ballot Access Requirements by State (2021)
- Initiative & Referendum Institute (University of Southern California)
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.
Find out what some of those past issues are here or contact your local County Clerk for more information about what's on your ballot.