Oct. 21, 2016
Early Voting Starts Monday
Early voting in Arkansas starts Monday. Not sure where to vote? Most early voting in our state takes place at the county clerk's office, but contact your county clerk for more information.

Many county clerks also have posted examples of sample ballots on their websites or have shared sample ballots with the Secretary of State's Office to post on the Voter View website

Now is the time to study up on the five remaining ballot issues if you haven't already. Download a copy of the 2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide and get up to speed on what you'll see when you go to the polls.

The voter guide includes a worksheet you can write notes on and take with you to your polling place. Have questions about voting? The Secretary of State's Office explains the different methods of voting available.  

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2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide
Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide



Understand the 2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues
Understand the 2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues



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Arkansas' 2016 Ballot Issues
On the ballot



Coalition for Arkansas Election Reform has filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to support the amendment. Arkansas for Free Enterprise has filed to oppose the measure. 
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Arkansas for Free Enterprise has filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to support the amendment. 
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Jobs for Arkansas has filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to support the amendment. Arkansas for Free Enterprise has filed to oppose the measure.
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Issue 6 - The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 - Opinion No. 2016-007 - A constitutional amendment to make the medical use of marijuana legal under state law and establish a system regulating the cultivation, acquisition and distribution of medical marijuana.

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Issue 7 - The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act - Opinion No. 2014-086 - A state law to make the medical use of marijuana legal under state law and establish a system regulating the cultivation, acquisition and distribution of medical marijuana. 


Challengers are asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to remove this issue from the ballot. Two lawsuits have been filed by separate parties. Here are links to the lawsuits: Lawsuit 1     Lawsuit 2


Looking Forward - Potential 2018 Ballot Issues from Citizens

Attorney General Opinions

The Attorney General is responsible for reviewing the language and titles of potential ballot issues submitted to voters by the public. Ballot issue groups can circulate petitions only after the Attorney General verifies that the ballot title and popular name honestly, intelligibly and fairly describe the purpose of a proposed constitutional amendment or act. The following are recent Attorney General opinions regarding potential ballot issues:

Ballot proposals rejected

Oct. 14, 2016 - The Arkansas Cannabis Amendment - A proposal to legalize the cultivation, production, distribution, sale, possession and use of the cannabis plant and products derived from the plant was rejected because of ambiguities in the proposal's text, according to Opinion No. 2016-100. Attorney General also noted problems with several definitions. This is the fourth time this proposal has been rejected. See Opinion No. 2016-097 (Sept. 26, 2016), Opinion No. 2016-089 (Aug. 22, 2016) and Opinion No. 2016-078 (Aug. 1, 2016) for previously rejected proposals this petition cycle. Mary L. Berry of Summit submitted the measure. 


Ballot proposals approved for signature gathering

July 29, 2016 - Arkansas Term Limits Amendment - A proposal to reduce the number of years a state senator or representative can serve in office was certified for signature gathering, according to Opinion No. 2016-080. The proposal would repeal Amendment 94, which voters passed in 2014 and set term limits of 16 years for members of the General Assembly. The proposal is similar to one circulated during the 2016 election cycle, but sponsors did not collect enough voter signatures. Skip Cook of Little Rock submitted the measure.

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