2020 Arkansas Ballot Issues
Arkansas is one of 15 states where residents can propose an amendment to the state constitution or refer a state law to voters. Legislators also have the authority to refer up to three amendments to voters.
This year, Arkansans have three proposed constitutional amendments to decide. Find information about these issues below.
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2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendments on Arkansas' Ballot
Arkansas legislators voted to put three constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Citizen groups also proposed two constitutional amendments, but the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Issue 4, Issue 5 and Issue 6 did not qualify for the ballot.
Issue 1: 0.5% Sales Tax for State Highways, County Roads, City Streets, Bridges, and Other Surface Transportation
Popular Name: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution continuing a one-half percent (0.5%) sales and use tax for state highways and bridges; county roads, bridges and other surface transportation; and city streets, bridges, and other surface transportation after the retirement of the bonds authorized in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 91.
Popular Name: A constitutional amendment to amend the term limits applicable to members of the General Assembly, to be known as the "Arkansas Term Limits Amendment"
Issue 3: Changing Arkansas' Citizen Initiative Process, Votes Required For Legislative Ballot Issue Proposals and Publication Requirements
Popular Name: A constitutional amendment to amend the process for the submission, challenge, and approval of proposed initiated acts, constitutional amendments and referenda
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State Ballot Issue Education Resources
- Extension Blog: Strengthening Arkansas Communities
- PPC Analysis: Citizen-Initiative Ballot Access Requirements by State (Jan. 2019)
- Archives - Voter Guides and Newsletter
- Arkansas Ethics Commission
- Initiative & Referendum Institute (University of Southern California)
- Initiatives and Referenda - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
- Arkansas Secretary of State's Office
- Election Results for Past Arkansas Ballot Issues
- 2020 Arkansas Initiative and Referenda Handbook
- Voter Turnout by County (2018)
- Voter Turnout by County (2016)