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When you vote, your ballot will only show the Issue Number (if applicable), the Popular Name, and the Ballot Title.


ISSUE NO. 3

POPULAR NAME: A constitutional amendment to amend the process for the submission, challenge, and approval of proposed initiated acts, constitutional amendments, and referenda


BALLOT TITLE: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to amend the process for the submission, challenge, and approval of proposed initiated acts, constitutional amendments, and referenda.


OUR SUMMARY: This amendment would require the voter signatures for statewide ballot measures proposed by the public be submitted to the Secretary of State by January 15 (and only after having published the measure in a newspaper at least thirty days prior) instead four months from the general election (early July); increase the number of counties where voter signatures must be collected from 15 to 45; establish April 15 as the deadline to file a lawsuit challenging a statewide ballot measure proposed by the public; eliminate the cure period for state, county, and city ballots (the grace period to correct or amend if the proposal is deemed insufficient); eliminate the requirement for the burden of proof to be upon the person attacking the validity of the proposal; and extend deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday to the next business day.

It would effectively increase the number of votes needed to refer a constitutional amendment to voters from 50% to 60% and no longer require constitutional amendments, including those affecting the salaries of statewide elected officials and legislators, be published in a newspaper for six months ahead of the election but rather only be published "in a manner provided by law." This manner is not described.


SHORT AND SWEET: Makes it more difficult for ballot issues proposed by the public to make it to the ballot; require more votes from legislators to refer amendments to voters; and no longer require amendments, including those affecting state elected officials and legislators' salaries, be published in a newspaper for 6 months before an election but only "in a manner provided by law," which is not described.


For the UAEX guide, click here.

For the full text of the amendment, click here.

Part One is Here.


When you vote, your ballot will only show the Issue Number (if applicable), the Popular Name, and the Ballot Title.


ISSUE NO. 2

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”


BALLOT TITLE: A constitutional amendment to be known as the “Arkansas Term Limits Amendment”; and amending the term limits applicable to members of the General Assembly.


OUR SUMMARY: Currently, members of the Arkansas General Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) are limited to a life-time term limit of 16 years total, regardless of chamber. This amendment would remove the life-time limit, instead setting a consecutive limit of 12 years, with a required 4 year break between terms. Legislators taking a break before reaching 12 years would not be required to wait 4 years and their 12 year limit would reset. For example, if a legislator served two 4-year terms in the Senate, then one 2-year term in the House, then took a year off, they could immediately repeat the same pattern - indefinitely.


SHORT AND SWEET: Remove life-time term limits. Restrict consecutive years served to 12, with a 4 year break. If taking a break before the 12 years are reached, the count resets.


For the UAEX guide, click here.

For the full text of the amendment, click here.

Early voting starts Monday, October 19, 2020, and runs through Monday, November 2, 2020 (excepting Sundays). Faulkner County allows any registered voter to vote at any vote center in the county (see image below).


In addition to federal, state, and municipal candidates, this year's election contains issues for both Arkansas and Faulkner County. Over the next four days, we will cover each of those issues using the information found in the UAEX.edu/ballot Voter Guide.

To make sure you are registered to vote, to confirm your address and name, and to view a sample ballot specific to your address, please click here and fill out the Registration Information form. Remember that to vote, you not only have to be registered, but your name and address must be correct on your voter registration. At the vote center, you will be required to show ID which must show your name; have your photograph; be issued by the United States, State of Arkansas, or accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas; and, if displaying an expiration date, be either not expired or expired no more that 4 years prior to election date (full ID rules).


Faulkner County uses the ExpressVote electronic voting system. Click here to watch the ExpressVote tutorial video.


If you still have questions on the voting process, please contact the Faulkner County Election Commission.

2020 Faulkner County Voting Locations