Issue 1 - An Amendment Concerning Civil Lawsuits and the Powers of the General Assembly
and Supreme Court to Adopt Court Rules
Issue 1 has been struck from the ballot. Votes will not be counted.
The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Oct. 18 that the proposals included in Issue 1 were not all related to each other, as required by the state constitution. The court ruled that votes for or against the Issue will not be counted. Read the court opinion.
Know before you vote
On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each proposal. Want to see the rest of it? Here's a link to the complete text of Issue 1.
Watch our specialists explain Issue 1 in the video below.
To make changes to Section 32 (Workmen’s Compensation Laws – Actions for Personal Injuries). This section would:
To change Section 3 (Rules of Pleading, Practice, and Procedure) of Amendment 80 (Qualifications of Justice and Judges). This section would:
To change Section 9 (Annulment of Amendment of Rules) of Amendment 80 (Qualifications of Justice and Judges). Specifically, this section would:
How did Issue 1 get on the ballot?
Arkansas senators and representatives voted last year to put Issue 1 on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot for voters to decide.
How was Issue 1 "removed" from the ballot?
On July 12, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to remove Issue 1 from the November ballot. You can read the lawsuit here. The Pulaski County Circuit Court judge ruled that the multiple proposals included in Issue 1 were not related to each other, as required by the Arkansas Constitution.
The judge's decision was appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which on Oct. 18 ruled that votes would not be counted.
Because the ruling came after ballots have been printed and voting machines have been programmed, you may still see Issue 1 physically appear on your ballot. However, votes cast for or against will not be counted.
Who is supporting or opposing this measure?
Supporters and opponents that spend money to campaign on this issue are required to register with the Arkansas Ethics Commission as a ballot or legislative question committee. Visit the Commission's website to view these filings, which include names of people behind a group and how much money has been raised or spent.
Multiple groups have filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to financially support or oppose Issue 1. These groups include: