Ballot Issue 1 - An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning the Terms, Election, and Eligibility of Elected Officials
Arkansas voters approved Issue 1 on Nov. 8, 2016
Know before you vote - Issue 1 fact sheet
Find out what supporters and opponents say about the issue by downloading the 2016 Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide. The guide includes a handy reference sheet to help you remember your choices when it comes time to vote.
On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each proposal. Want to read the rest of it? Here's a link to the complete text of Issue 1, otherwise known as House Joint Resolution 1027.
Watch our specialist explain the facts of Issue 1 in the video below.
What's being proposed?
Voters are being asked to approve multiple changes to the Arkansas Constitution. If the majority of voters say yes, this amendment would:
- Allow four-year terms for certain elected county officials.
- Prevent certain elected county officials from also being appointed or elected to a civil office.
- Allow unopposed candidates to be elected without their name appearing on the ballot; and
- Define what “infamous crime” means in regards to who is not allowed to hold an elected position.
How did this issue get on the ballot?
Arkansas senators and representatives decided last year to put Issue 1 on the 2016 ballot for voters to decide.
Who is supporting or opposing this measure?
Opponents and supporters that spend money to campaign are required to register with the Arkansas Ethics Commission as a ballot or legislative question committee. Visit the Commission's website to view these filings, which include names of people behind a group and how much money has been raised or spent.
Coalition for Arkansas Election Reform has filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to support Issue 1. Arkansas for Free Enterprise has filed to oppose the measure.