Early Voting Starts This Week!

Early Voting Starts This Week!

Early voting started yesterday and we want to inform you of what is on the ballot!

Early Voting Polling Centers for Saline County Include:

Vote Here Center in Benton
New Life Church in Bryant
Bank of the Ozarks in Hot Springs Village
East Union Church in East End

You may also vote early at ONLY the Vote Here center in Benton on Monday, November 5th.

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6th.

To find your polling location, click here: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

*Issue 1 was struck from the ballot on Oct. 18, 2018. Issue 3 was struck from the ballot Oct. 19, 2018. Votes for or against the proposals will not be counted. There are no more pending court challenges against the remaining ballot measures.

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.

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:

  • 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.
  • Require legislators to establish what photographic identification voters may use.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Allow legislators to create exceptions to the requirement that voters show valid photo identification when voting in person or through absentee ballot.
  • Require voters to comply with all additional laws regulating elections necessary for their vote to be counted.

Issue 4 - An Amendment to Require Four Licenses to be Issued for Casino Gaming at Casinos, One Each in Crittenden (to Southland Racing Corporation), Garland (to Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc.), Pope, and Jefferson Counties 

This amendment asks voters to add a section to the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in the state. If approved by voters, this amendment would:

  • Authorize four casinos to operate in the state, one in Jefferson County within two miles of Pine Bluff, one in Pope County within two miles of Russellville, one at or adjacent to Oaklawn Jockey Club in Garland County, and one at or adjacent to Southland Racing Corporation in Crittenden County.
  • Define what type of casino gaming may occur at the four casinos.
  • Prohibit people under 21 from gambling.
  • Assign the Arkansas Racing Commission to regulate the licensing and operation of the casinos.
  • Require the legislature to enact laws and appropriate funds for use by the Arkansas Racing Commission.
  • Establish minimum requirements for who can receive casino licenses in Jefferson and Pope County and require licensees to conduct casino gaming for as long as they have a license.
  • Require Arkansas Racing Commission to fund and work with Department of Human Services to implement and administer compulsive gambling disorder educational programs.
  • Authorize the Arkansas Department of Human Services to make rules to administer compulsive gambling disorder educational programs.
  • Establish tax rates on casino gaming net receipts and how that revenue is distributed.
  • Require greyhound and horse raising operators to contribute to racing purses and awards and for Southland to set aside money for capital improvements to its racing facilities.
  • Allow the casinos to operate any day, all day.
  • Allow the casinos to serve alcohol during all hours in which gaming takes place, regardless of whether the casino is located in a dry city or county.
  • Require casinos purchase alcohol from a licensed Arkansas wholesaler.
  • Permit the shipment of gaming devices to the casinos.
  • Establish that the amendment would not affect current laws regarding greyhound and horse racing, other gambling, bingos and raffles, the state scholarship lottery, or electronic games of skill.
  • Declare any state laws in conflict with this amendment would not apply to this amendment.

How did Issue 4 get on the ballot?

More than 84,859 Arkansas voters signed a petition to put the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.

On Sept. 10, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to remove Issue 4 from the November ballot. The lawsuit is working its way through the court system and a ruling will be made before Election Day.

A second lawsuit seeking to remove Issue 4 was filed Sept. 12, 2018.

Issue 5 - An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage

This initiated act would increase the state minimum wage from $8.50 to $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019, then to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020, and finally to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2021.

More than 67,887 Arkansas voters signed a petition to put the proposed state law on the ballot.

On Sept. 4, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to remove Issue 5 from the November ballot. The lawsuit is working its way through the court system and a ruling will be made before Election Day.

On Oct. 18, 2018, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected the court challenge. Votes for or against Issue 5 will be counted Election Day.

Issue 6 - Will create a Career Technical Education Center for Saline County 

Six school districts – Benton, Bryant, Bauxite, Harmony Grove, Glen Rose and Sheridan – have all signed an agreement that together they would be responsible for the day-to-day operating costs of the Center, insurance, utilities, maintenance, etc. They have also signed a memorandum of agreement of understanding with the College of the Ouachita’s (COTO). COTO would be responsible for staffing and teaching the programs.

Issue 6 would authorize a temporary 3/8′s of one percent sales tax that would fund the creation of the CTE Center through a bond issue.

Issue 7 - Will create staggered City Council term limits for Bryant City Council members and increase their terms to four (4) years.

The City of Bryant passed an ordinance to ask voters to decide whether to change the two-year terms to four years, and to stagger the positions. The ordinance states that "four-year terms would provide better continuity and stability in City government and would benefit the City by reducing disruption and allowing newly-elected Council members more time to become effective policy-makers."

If approved, this would mean: 

  • For the 2020 election, City Council members elected to Position 1 in all Wards would serve a four-year term and 
  • Those elected in Position 2 in all Wards would serve a 2-year term. 
  • For the 2022 election, only Position 2 seats would be elected, and this term would be four years. 
  • The terms would then stagger, electing Position 1 City Council members to four-year terms in 2024 and 
  • Electing Position 2 City Council members to four-year terms in 2026 and so on.

(Information on ballot issues was obtained through UAEX.edu. You can read more about each issue by visiting their website.)

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