Politics

Issue 1, which was referred to the voters by the Arkansas General Assembly, proposes amending the Arkansas Constitution to make permanent a half-cent sales tax that currently helps fund the state's four-lane highway system, county roads and city streets. Proponents say every county will receive funding from the tax, so all Arkansans will benefit.

Courtesy / Kyle Smith

Within hours of the sign going up in early October, vandals scrawled hate speech using black spray paint on a campaign billboard to elect Kyle Smith to Fayetteville City Council. Smith was appointed to City Council three years ago but is also a noted LGBTQ civil rights advocate. No data yet exists, but this election cycle sign vandalism appears to be statewide occurrence. 

The Arkansas PBS debates are underway. John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discusses the first debate that took place yesterday between incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill, District 2, and his Democratic challenger Arkansas Sen. Joyce Elliott. He tells Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, it didn't amount to much.

Courtesy / Vote Safe Arkansas

As county election commissions prepared for an unusual election day this summer, many veteran poll workers, who are older and more at risk for complications from the coronavirus, decided not to return in 2020. Now, less than a month away from Nov. 3, officials have seen a record response from people wanting to be poll workers and volunteers. 

Community Activists Help Dozens of Marshallese Americans Register to Vote

Oct 9, 2020
Courtesy / Albious Latior

Marshallese community activists have been busy registering dozens of Marshallese Americans so they can vote in the upcoming election. Albious Latior spent several days personally going to people's homes to deliver and collect registration forms ahead of the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline. He says the Marshallese community needs to have a say in electing local, state and national leaders.

Courtesy / Aaron William Clarke / City of Rogers

Aaron William Clarke, a community organizer and co-founder of Bridge the Gap NWA, is running against incumbent Mark Kruger for Rogers City Council — the first African American to do so.

The Public Policy Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is providing unbiased election information in an effort to aid voter education. The center shares information about the voting process and ballot issues through a physical voter guide and a website.

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden faced off in the first presidential debate last Tuesday. By Friday, the conversation about how the debate, which was full of interruptions, proved less than informative for American voters, was overshadowed by news of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis and his subsequent hospitalization.

Courtesy / Kaleem Nazeem

Monday, Oct. 5, is the deadline to register to vote in Arkansas. Registration is generally a brief process, but it can take much longer for Arkansans convicted of a felony. One man who has restored his voting rights says some felons may not register to vote because they don't know they're eligible or collecting the necessary paperwork proves too burdensome.

Courtesy / Washington County Election Commission

Both the Washington and Benton County Clerks' offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday in October to collect absentee ballots from voters who requested them. The ballots can also be mailed. The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election is Monday, Oct. 5.

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