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Voter Guide: Arkansas ballot Issue 2

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When Arkansas voters head to the polls, they’ll be asked to decide the fate of Issue 2.

Issue 2 seeks to expand the governor’s powers when he or she has left the state.

Currently, the Arkansas Constitution stipulates that the lieutenant governor takes over the powers when the governor leaves the state.

Issue 2 was brought up in the Arkansas Legislature. It passed with near-unanimous approval.

Official Ballot Title:

An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to allow the governor to retain his or her powers and duties when absent from the state.”

What Does Your Vote Mean?

Voting “yes” on Issue 2 means you support letting the governor keep their power when out of the state.

Voting “no” on Issue 2 means you oppose the proposal to let the governor keep their power. Instead, when the governor leaves the state, you agree to let the lieutenant governor take over during that time.

Background on Issue 2:

The current fight for Issue 2 began after a situation in 2013. Democratic Governor Mike Beebe left the state to attend a meeting in Washington, D.C. While away, Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signed a piece of legislation into law. Gov. Beebe opposed the legislation and did not plan to sign it.

Darr was allowed to sign the law under a provision of Amendment 6 of the Arkansas Constitution.

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