Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Oct 19, 2014

Ballot Issue #2: Making Citizen Refendums Trickier

One of three legislatively referred constitutional amendments voters will see on November’s ballot, Issue #2 sets a threshold of 75% of required petition signatures in order to obtain additional time for signature collection when attempting to change our laws via the citizen referendum process. Arkansas is special and one of a few states that still...

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signaturesOne of three legislatively referred constitutional amendments voters will see on November’s ballot, Issue #2 sets a threshold of 75% of required petition signatures in order to obtain additional time for signature collection when attempting to change our laws via the citizen referendum process.

Arkansas is special and one of a few states that still allow ballot referendums by a petition of the people.  Past problems with petitions and voter signature gathering have prompted earlier process reforms centered around the canvassing process (can signature gatherers be paid, for example).

Issue #2 adds a requirement — where none exists now — that canvassers must present at least 75% of the total required signatures before the Secretary of State would grant lawful extra time to file the petitions with the required number of signers.

Some say the measure is needed to prevent fraud and abuse of the system when campaigns deliberately turn in false signatures in order to gain more signature-gathering time for their cause.

We believe this sets up an unrealistic “first gate” to achieve in the referendum process, clearly making it more difficult to place a citizen-initiative initiative on the ballot.

How will YOU voe on Issue #2?

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