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Know your ballot, two Arkansas issues don't really count in election

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Though many across Region 8 have cast their ballot early, many will still be heading to the polls on Election Day.

There will, of course, be races for president, congressman and local positions in your community on the ballot, but there are also five issues on this year's ballot that you need to be aware of.

Issue 1 will decide whether or not the state will impose a temporary half cent sales tax to fund highway improvement throughout Arkansas.

Issue 1's measure text states: "A temporary one-half percent (0.5%) sales and use tax for state highways and 8 bridges, county roads, bridges and other surface transportation, and city 9 streets, bridges and other surface transportation, with the state's portion 10 to secure state of Arkansas general obligation four-lane highway construction 11 and improvement bonds and permanently dedicating one cent (1¢) per gallon of 12 the proceeds derived from the existing motor fuel and distillate fuel taxes 13 to the state aid street fund."

Issue 2 is also regarding taxes. If approved, it would authorize local government to issue bonds for economic development projects.

Issue 2's measure text states: "An Act to keep Arkansas competitive by promoting funding for economic development projects; to authorize the levy of local sales and use taxes to fund economic development projects; and for other purposes."

The last issue on the ballot, Issue 5 has been quite a hot topic here in Arkansas. If passed, it would legalize the use of medical marijuana for Arkansans with certain illnesses. If that issue passes, Arkansas would become the first southern state in the US to legalize medical marijuana.

Two issues on the ballot, however, won't be tabulated. Regardless if you vote for or against Issues 3 and 4, regarding casinos in Arkansas, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that those votes won't be tallied.

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