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Voter Guide: Arkansas ballot Issue 1

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As Arkansas voters head to the polls during the early voting session and on Nov. 8, they will decide if they want to adjust the term length for some county officials.

In Arkansas, county officials serve 2-year terms. Issue 1 seeks to increase the length of that term to four years.

According to the full text of the ballot, it would increase the term lengths for the following positions:

  • County judge
  • County clerk
  • Circuit clerk
  • County surveyors
  • Assessors
  • Coroners
  • Sheriffs
  • Tax collectors
  • Treasurers

The ballot measure, if approved, would also allow candidates running unopposed for an office to be elected without appearing on the ballot. The measure also bars a candidate from being appointed or elected to a civil office during their elected term.

Official Ballot Title:

“Proposing an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning elected officials; providing for terms of office for certain county officials for four (4) years; providing that certain county officers shall not be appointed or elected to a civil office during their elected term; allowing a candidate for an office to be certified as elected without appearing on the ballot when he or she is the only candidate for the office at the election; and defining the term 'infamous crime' for the purpose of determining the eligibility of elected officials to hold office.”

What Does Your Vote Mean?

Voting yes on Issue 1 means you support increasing the term length for numerous county officials including the county judge, sheriff and clerks from 2 years to 4 years.

Voting no on Issue 1 means you want to keep the two-year term lengths.

Information pulled from BallotPedia.org. For more information, click here.

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