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Arkansas Ballot Issue Education 

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Empowering Arkansas Voters

More than 1.1 million Arkansans voted in the 2016 General Election. 

Along with presidential and congressional candidates, voters had statewide issues to decide, and in some cases, local issues dealing with taxes or community needs.

Because candidates dominate most election season coverage, it is very possible that voters walk into the voting booth with little knowledge of the ballot issues before them.

Decisions might be based on the memory of the last campaign sign they saw or voters end up skipping the ballot issue all together because they don't want to vote on something they don't understand.

The Public Policy Center helps Arkansans better understand the financial, social or policy implications of a proposed law by publishing research-based fact sheets and by offering educational programs at the county level. Our goals are to increase voter participation and help Arkansans feel confident in their vote.

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COVID-19 Impact on 2020 Arkansas Ballot Issues

Arkansas' 2020 ballot will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as communities and organizations have canceled spring festivals and events that ballot issue groups usually attend to gather signatures from voters.

The legislature's three amendments will be on the ballot this November. A group seeking a referendum on a new state law has already turned in its signatures and has had its ballot title certified. But the measure has been challenged in court. 

Citizen-initiated measures are up in the air as the Arkansas Constitution mandates petitions with voter signatures be submitted by July 3. The state legislature and governor can not alter the date set by the Constitution. Nor does the Constitution or state law allow voter signatures to be gathered digitally. The signatures must be collected on paper and those petitions must be notarized. Both of these matters are more difficult as people are staying home.

Find more information about state ballot issues here.

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  • Twitter (#ARballot)
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  • Request a presentation on statewide ballot issues. Contact your local county agent or e-mail us for more information.
  • Discover the history of the initiative process in Arkansas.

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