The State Chamber/AIA encourages all eligible Arkansans to take advantage of their constitutional right and VOTE in the General Election.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Voting hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. To find your polling place location, click https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/voterview
Arkansas also offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters should vote in person either during the early voting period or on Election Day.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 19 and runs through Monday, Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based upon where you live. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office has detailed information on both absentee and early voting at https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/voter-registration-information/voting-in-arkansas
The General Election ballot includes three ballot issues that were referred by the Arkansas Legislature: Issue 1, Issue 2 and Issue 3. The State Chamber/AIA supports all three. Below is information on all three issues.
Vote For: Issue 1 / Issue 2 / Issue 3
The State Chamber/AIA was instrumental in advocating for the referral of two constitutional amendment proposals by the 92nd Arkansas General Assembly to the November 2020 General Election ballot. HJR 1018 was designated as Issue 1 and HJR 1008 was designated as Issue 3.
Issue 1 Highway Funding | Please Vote Yes
This measure seeks to continue the existing half-cent sales and use tax revenue for state highways & bridges, county roads, bridges, and other surfaces. The State Chamber/AIA is an active member of the Legislative Question Committee, Vote for Roads, Vote for Issue 1.
It is important for Arkansas to have dedicated funding to keep our roads safer, in good condition to avoid damage to vehicles, and alleviate traffic in every city, every county and every corner of the state. Proper infrastructure is an important part of advancing the state’s economy.
Issue 2 Term Limits Reform | Please Vote Yes
Issue 2 is a proposal to amend term limits applicable to members of the Arkansas General Assembly. It would set a 12-consecutive-year cap on service as a state legislator for those newly elected. Two-year Senate terms set after reapportionment will count in the 12 consecutive years. It also would remove the lifetime limitation. Members who leave the legislature after 12 consecutive years must wait four years before they can serve again. Current members may complete the existing term limit of 16 years.
Issue 3 Ballot Issue Process Reform | Please Vote Yes
This proposal seeks to amend the process for submission, challenge and approval of proposed Initiated Acts, Constitutional Amendments and Referenda. The State Chamber/AIA and the Arkansas Farm Bureau organized a Legislative Question Committee, Committee to Protect the Arkansas Constitution, to advocate for the passage of Issue 3.
Issue 3 seeks to:
- Increase the vote percent required for the legislature to refer measures to the ballot from a simple majority to 60%.
- Increase the number of counties from which a required number of signatures must be obtained from 15 to 45 (60%).
- Change the petition filing date from early July to January 15 of the election year.
- Set an April 15 deadline to file legal challenges.
- Eliminate the cure period to obtain additional signatures after initial submission of petitions.
For more information on the proposed state ballot issues, check out the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center’s 2020 Arkansas Ballot Voter Guide at https://www.uaex.edu/business-communities/voter-education/state-ballot-issues.aspx.