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Arkansas' November Ballot Includes Issues and Candidates
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 7:00 AM

Arkansas voters have time before the Nov. 6 General Election to study various issues that will or could be on their ballot. Issues 1 and 2 are proposed constitutional amendments referred by the legislature and will be on the ballot as follows:

Issue One – SJR8

Proposing an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to limit attorneys' contingency fees in civil actions to thirty-three and one-third percent (33 1/3%) of the net recovery; to limit awards of punitive damages and non-economic damages in civil actions; to require adjustments to the limitations on punitive and non-economic damage awards for inflation or deflation; and to provide that the General Assembly may, by a three-fifths vote of each house, amend or repeal a rule of pleading, practice, or procedure prescribed by the Supreme Court and adopt a rule of pleading, practice, or procedure. Review the bill. 

Issue Two – HJR1016

An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning the presentation of valid photographic identification when voting; requiring that a voter present valid photographic identification when voting in person or when casting an absentee ballot; and providing that the State of Arkansas issue photographic identification at no charge to eligible voters lacking photographic identification. Review the bill.   

Other Proposals

Three other proposals could be on the November ballot as well. The July 6 signed petitions were turned in to the Arkansas Secretary of State. They include casino gambling in four counties; an increase of the minimum wage to $11 in 2021; and term limits cap to 10 years. Each petition's signatures must be verified with the Secretary of State.

General Election Deadlines

Sept. 7, 2018* – (Friday), 60 days prior to General Election

Deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the General Election. Ark. Code Ann. § 7-5-405(a)(1).

*This day falls on a weekend. Per Ark. Code Ann. § 7-1-108, any deadline falling on a weekend or holiday when the designated filing office is closed is extended to the following business day. Due to this statute, the actual deadline will be Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. 

Oct. 7, 2018* – (Sunday) Deadline to register to vote in the General Election

Deadline to apply to register to vote in the General Election. Due to the following statute, the actual deadline will be Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Ark. Code Ann. § 7-5-201(a); Arkansas Constitution Amendment 51 § 9(b).

Oct. 22, 2018 – (Monday), 15 days prior to General Election

Early voting begins for General Election between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the election. Ark. Code Ann. § 7-5-418(a)(1).

Nov. 6, 2018 – Tuesday General Election Day  

Polls open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ark. Code Ann. § 7-5-102; Ark. Code Ann. § 7-5-304(a); Ark. Code Ann. § 6-14-102(a)(1)(A)(ii); Act 910 of 2017.

For more information, please contact Arkansas Credit Union Association Lobbyist Ron Harrod at 501-944-3068 or rharrod@sbcglobal.net.