UACES Facebook Facts about Arkansas Ballot Issue 2 | 2018 Arkansas Ballot Issues

Issue 2 - A Constitutional Amendment Adding as a Qualification to Vote that a Voter Present Certain Valid Photographic Identification when Casting a Ballot In Person or Casting an Absentee Ballot

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Know before you vote

On Election Day, you will see only the popular name and title of each proposal. Want to see the rest it? Here's a link to the complete text of Issue 2

What's being proposed?

This proposed amendment asks voters to change Article 3 of the Arkansas Constitution to amend the qualifications residents must meet in order to vote in an election in this state. If approved by voters, this amendment would:

  1. Require legislators to pass a law establishing that voters must present photo identification before receiving a ballot to vote in person. Residents voting by way of an absentee ballot would be required to enclose a copy of a valid photo identification with their ballot.
  2. Require legislators to establish what photographic identification voters may use.
  3. Require the state to issue photo identification at no charge to a voter who does not have identification that meets the requirements established by legislators.
  4. Allow a voter without valid photo identification to vote using a provisional ballot, with the ballot counting only if the voter follows the steps required by state law to certify the ballot.
  5. Allow legislators to create exceptions to the requirement that voters show valid photo identification when voting in person or through absentee ballot.
  6. Require voters to comply with all additional laws regulating elections necessary for their vote to be counted.
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How did Issue 2 get on the ballot?

Arkansas senators and representatives voted last year to put Issue 2 on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot for voters to decide.

Who is supporting or opposing this measure?

Supporters and opponents 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. 

As of Sept. 12, no organization has filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission to support or oppose Issue 2.