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By Emily Thompson U of A System Division of AgricultureOct. 23, 2018
(610 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
LITTLE ROCK— Arkansas has 1.7 million voters, but there is often a low turnout on
Election Day. In fact, for the vast majority of counties in the state, voter turnout
tends to be less than 55 percent, according to data published Tuesday by the Washington
The numbers are often even lower for state ballot issues, said Kristin Higgins, University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center program associate.
“Thousands of more people vote for governor, but then don't vote at all on the statewide
ballot issues, which often include policies that affect every person in the state,”
Higgins said. “Voting on constitutional amendments or initiated acts are where Arkansans
have a real impact on shaping the state and how we do things here.”
The Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center has produced a neutral voter guide
on all the statewide ballot issues, available online at http://bit.ly/2JemOsf, or in print at your local county extension office. The center has also made short
videos for each ballot issue, available on the Division of Agriculture YouTube channel
at https://www.youtube.com/user/ARextension, so that all Arkansans can become informed voters.
“Voting is a right,” Higgins said. “Take the time to understand the ballot issues
and then take the time to vote.”
Early voting began Oct. 22. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Voting locations will
be open that day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On the ballot
The Arkansas Supreme Court has disqualified Issue 1 and Issue 3.
The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with research-based information
and education about public issues that are pressing, emerging, involve multiple points
of view and have widespread consequences.
For more information about the ballot issues and to sign up for the monthly newsletter
visit, uaex.uada.edu/ballot, and follow @uappc on Facebook and @UAEX_PPC on Twitter for all the latest updates.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org