Ballot guide

Cover of the 2020 Arkansas Ballot Guide.

The Cooperative Extension Service has released its 2020 Arkansas Ballot Issue Voter Guide.

The guide explains proposed ballot issues that Arkansas voters will decide during the general election on Tuesday, November 3.

It is designed to help Arkansans better understand the financial, social, or policy implications of proposed laws by publishing research-based fact sheets and by offering educational programs at the county level.

CLICK HERE to download the 40-page guide.

The guide covers all of the proposed ballot issues. There are court cases involving many of the issues, which may lead to some of them either being removed from the ballot, or orders to election officials not to count votes for or against the issues.

A limited number of printed voter guides will be available at every county Extension office later this month or the first week of October. People who want printed copies should contact their local Extension office.

Helpful information about the voting process is available online. CLICK HERE to see it.

Here are some important election dates.

September 18. Counties start mailing absentee ballots.

October 5. Deadline to register to vote for the November general election.

October 19. Early voting begins. Columbia County’s early voting location is the County Annex Building on Boundary Street in Magnolia – the former West Side Kindergarten.

November 3. Election day.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters will cast votes using absentee ballots. Several deadlines are involved depending upon how people receive their absentee ballot applications.

By Mail or by Electronic Means: Absentee ballots must be mailed or transmitted seven days before the election, or by October 17.

In Person: By close of business the day before the election.

By Designated Bearer or Administrator: By close of business the day before the election. (Designated bearer is anyone you choose to pick up or deliver your application or ballot.)

By Authorized Agent: by 1:30 p.m. on Election Day. The authorized agent must file with the County Clerk an affidavit from the administrative head of a hospital or nursing home located in this state verifying that the applicant is a patient of the hospital or long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state and is thereby unable to vote on the election day at his or her regular polling site.

CLICK HERE for more information about absentee voting provided by the Arkansas Secretary of State.


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