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2020 Voter Guide, Part 4 of 5

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. 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.