Governor Huckabee Touts Today's Bond Election in Jonesboro Stop


JONESBORO, AR -- Tuesday December 13th voters inArkansas will go to the polls to vote in a special election on two bond issues. 

Those issues are: 

A referendum that would allow the Arkansas Highway Commission to continue issuing bonds for interstates as long as those bonds aren't more than five hundred and seventy-five million dollars.

The second bond issue would allow bonds to be given for building projects and technology improvements at public colleges and universities in the state.

Governor Huckabee made a stop in Jonesboro a few hours ago to tell voters more about the two issues that are on the ballot, and encourage them to head to the polls.

“So tomorrow when you vote yes you're going to give us the ability to do what any successful business does and that is to get some working capital up front so that we can create the infrastructure necessary,” said Governor Mike Huckabee.

Governor Huckabee says the passage of tomorrow's bond issues is of vital importance to the state's future.  “Maybe a lot of people don’t realize how this election will impact them and I hope a lot of folks will go out and vote.  Especially students at the campus, I think this is a great opportunity for them,” said Huckabee.

Craighead County Clerk Nancy Nelms says she's been with the clerk’s office for more than twenty years, and this is the first special election she's seen in December, “We've not had a special election in December that I can remember.  Our special elections usually come in the summer time or sometimes in the fall.”

So far few voters have taken advantage of early voting in Craighead County.  “A lot of people just aren't interested. It’s during the holidays they're more concerned with getting their Christmas shopping done,” said Nelms.

So why have the special election in December?  “I think that it was picked during this time so there wouldn't be a heavy turnout and the people that had their purpose in mind could easily get it done,” said Nelms.

Governor Huckabee disagrees.  He says they are holding the election in December because it’s the earliest date possible.   “The earliest possible time that we could have this election was late November or early December.  The presidents and chancellors originally requested a December 6th date which was as early as we could get it on the ballot,” said Huckabee.