Nov. 7, 2016
Election Day is Here
Voters to Decide Four Constitutional Amendments
Polling places open in less than 24 hours for Election Day in Arkansas. The year started out as one with the most ballot issues seen in Arkansas since 1968. After the Arkansas Supreme Court struck three measures from the ballot, voters now have four constitutional amendments to decide on November 8. 

Now is the time to decide. Here are links to our fact sheets on the four remaining ballot issues:





Polls open at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2016 and close at 7:30 p.m. You can view your sample ballot here. If you don't see a sample ballot, contact your county clerk's office

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2016 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.

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

Nov. 4, 2016 - The Arkansas Hemp and Cannabis Amendment of 2018 - A proposal to legalize the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, sale, possession and use of the cannabis plant and products derived from it was rejected because of ambiguities in the proposal's text, according to Opinion No. 2016-110. Robert L. Reed of Dennard submitted the measure.

Oct. 31, 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. 2016-107. The Attorney General opinion cited numerous examples, including that the proposal "is unclear and ambiguous with respect to whether a person must be a resident of the State of Arkansas in order to obtain an industrial hemp license or a marijuana license." 

This is the fifth time this proposal has been rejected. See Opinion No. 2016-100 (Oct. 14, 2016), 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

Oct. 28, 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. 2016-105. The proposal would repeal Amendment 94, which voters passed in 2014 and extended term limits to 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. Thomas Steele of Little Rock submitted the October measure.  

The October measure is similar to a proposal approved by the Attorney General's Office on July 29, 2016. That measure was also named Arkansas Term Limits Amendment. Sponsors say the October measure has replaced the July proposal.


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