Issue 2 - Arkansas Term Limits Amendment
Know before you vote
On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each proposal. Want to see the rest it? Here's a link to the complete text of Issue 2.
What's being proposed?
This amendment asks voters to:
- Eliminate life-time term limits for state legislators.
- Prohibit future legislators from serving more than 12 years in a row. Legislators who serve the full 12 years consecutively would be allowed to hold office again once four years have passed since their last term expired.
- Include two-year senate terms resulting from apportionment after a census in calculating the years of consecutive service for legislators elected after Jan. 1, 2021. Currently, this two-year partial term does not count toward term limits.
- Allow current legislators and any legislators elected this November to serve under the current term limit amendment, which allows them to serve 16 years consecutively or non-consecutively. They would be eligible to hold office in the future once four years have passed from their last term expiring.
How did Issue 2 get on the ballot?
Arkansas senators and representatives voted last year to put Issue 2 on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot for voters to decide.
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 and file reports disclosing who has donated money and how the money was spent.
As of Aug. 21, 2020, no group has filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to officially support or oppose this measure. This issue is being challenged in court with a lawsuit filed to strike it from the ballot. Follow the court case online.