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October,11,2016 - Annual School Board Runoff Election
DEADLINES
October 1,2016

Last date for the school board to publish polling site locations - Beginning date for the school board to publish polling site locations for the Annual School Election. Must be published no more than ten days and no less than three days before the election.

October 1,2016

Absentee Ballot Begins - Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk for the Annual School Runoff Election.

October 4,2016

Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail - Deadline for county clerks to receive absentee ballot application by mail or electronic means for the Annual School Runoff Election.

October 4,2016

Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts - Early voting begins for the Annual School Runoff Election.

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Arkansas
  • Date of Statehood: June 15, 1836
  • Nickname(s): The Natural State; The Land of Opportunity
  • Tree: Pine
  • Size: 53,178 square miles
  • Flower: Apple Blossom
  • Bird: Mockingbird

Established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, Ouachita National Forest reigns as the oldest national forest in the South. The Ouachita Mountains are unusual in that their ridges run east to west as opposed to north to south.

Arkansas is home to a wide array of natural resources including petroleum, natural gas, bromine and silica stone. Throughout the 20th century, the state was responsible for providing roughly 90 percent of all domestic Bauxite, from which aluminum is made.

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Although it was not officially designated a national park until 1921, the territory now known as Hot Springs National Park was originally set aside by Congress as a U.S. government reservation in 1832—40 years before Yellowstone National Park was established as the “first” national park. With an average temperature of 143 degrees Fahrenheit, the hot springs have been used for centuries as therapeutic baths.

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Following the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which outlawed segregation in public education, Little Rock’s Central High School became a battleground in the fight for civil rights when the Arkansas National Guard denied nine African-American students entry in 1957. Weeks later, on September 25th, the students attended their first full day of school under federal troop escort ordered by President Dwight Eisenhower.

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The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres and includes more than 500 species of trees and woody plants.

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Arkansas is the nation’s leading producer of rice and poultry and grows nearly every crop produced in the United States with the exception of citrus fruits.

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From 1874 to 1967, every Arkansas governor was a member of the Democratic Party.

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State of Arkansas Quick Facts
  • Current Population:2,978,204
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 6
  • Congressional Districts: 4
Registered Voters

total: 1,703,609

Total Registered Voters :

  • 1,703,609 :

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Arkansas?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Arkansas.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Arkansas does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Arkansas?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Arkansas, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    You must submit your application to an official voter registration agency or mail it no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote.

    By Mail

    You must mail your application to an official voter registration agency no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date.

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Each employer in the state shall schedule the work hours of employees on election days so that each employee will have an opportunity to exercise the right of franchise. Any employer who fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of this section shall upon conviction be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

    Arkansas State Government

    Arkansas Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the People of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government; for our civil and religious liberty; and desiring to perpetuate its blessings, and secure the same to our selves and posterity; do ordain and establish this Constitution.

    All political power is inherent in the people and government is instituted for their protection, security and benefit; and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same, in such manner as they may think proper

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol: 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power of this State shall be vested in a chief magistrate, who shall be styled “the Governor of the State of Arkansas.”

    The executive department of this State shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State and Attorney General, all of whom shall keep their offices in person at the seat of government and hold their offices for the term of two years and until their successors are elected and qualified, and the General Assembly may provide by law for the establishment of the office of Commissioner of State Lands.

    Contested elections for Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, and Attorney General shall be determined by the members of both houses of the General Assembly, in joint session; who shall have exclusive jurisdiction in trying and determining the same, except as hereinafter provided in the case of special elections; and all such contests shall be tried and determined at the first session of the General Assembly after the election in which the same shall have arisen.

    Arkansas Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The State Treasurer (Elected)
  • The State Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Capitol: 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the people of this State shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of the Senate and House of Representatives, but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose legislative measures, laws and amendments to the Constitution, and to enact or reject the same at the polls independent of the General Assembly; and also reserve the power, at their own option to approve or reject at the polls any entire act or any item of an appropriation bill.

    Initiative.The first power reserved by the people is the initiative. Eight per cent of the legal voters may propose any law and ten per cent may propose a constitutional amendment by initiative petition and every such petition shall include the full text of the measure so p roposed. Initiative petitions for state-wide measures shall be filed with the Secretary of State not less than four months before the election at which they are to be voted upon; provided, that at least thirty days before the aforementioned filing, the proposed measure shall have been published once, at the expense of the petitioners, in some paper of general circulation.

    The second power reserved by the people is the referendum, and any number not less than six per cent of the legal voters may, by petition, order the referendum against any general Act, or any item of an appropriation bill, or measure passed by the General Assembly, but the filing of a referendum petition against one or more items, sections or parts of any such act or measure shall not delay the remainder from becoming operative.

    Judicial Branch
    Judicial building: 625 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

    Judicial Power

    In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state admitted to the union. Its first constitution created a supreme court composed of three judges including one styled Chief Justice, and directed that the judges be elected by the Arkansas General Assembly

    The state's current constitution, ratified in 1874, likewise initially provided for three supreme court judges, but also authorized the Arkansas General Assembly to increase the number of judges to five, if it deemed necessary, when the state population amounted to one million. The number of supreme court judges increased to five. In 1924, the Constitution was amended to allow the General Assembly to increase the number of judges to seven should it thereafter become necessary

    Judicial power is vested in the Judicial Department of state government, consisting of a Supreme Court and other courts established by the Constitution. Ark. Const. of 1874, amend. 80, §1. The Supreme Court has statewide appellate jurisdiction and such other original jurisdiction as provided by the Constitution. Id. at §2. The Arkansas Supreme Court exercises general superintending control over all courts of the state

    Arkansas Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(100)
    (34)(64)(1)(1)
    State Senators(35)
    (11)(24)
    US Representatives(4)
    (4)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Arkansas US Senator race

    In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Arkansas. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Arkansas's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

    Arkansas: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

    Incumbent Republican Senator, John Boozman, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, John Boozman won the election to the United States Senate with 57.9% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Blanche Lincoln, who came in a distant second with 37.0% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Arkansas)

    Arkansas 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Arkansas this election cycle. Of the 4 seats up for election this election cycle, 4 currently held by Republicans, and 0 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Arkansas U.S. House

    Republicans(4)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Arkansas Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The Governor is the head of the executive branch of Arkansas state government. The Governor, like the President on the federal level, is elected and serves a four-year term. The Governor approves and carries out laws passed

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor except a citizen of the United States

    Election

    Arkansas elects its governors lieutenant governors during federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years

    Limit on Tenure

    In 1998, Arkansans adopted Amendment 73 to the state constitution, which limited all executive department officers to two terms

    Salary

    87,759

    Qualification age

    who shall have attained the age of thirty years,

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Constitution of Arkansas establishes the office of the lieutenant governor in Article VI, the Executive.

    Qualifications

    Per Amendment 6 to the Arkansas Constitution, the lieutenant governor must "possess the same qualifications of eligibility for the office as the Governor."[9] Under Article 6, Section 11 of the constitution, the governor may not hold any federal office, any civil or military commission, any office in another state or any other office in Arkansas concurrently with his gubernatorial term.

    Election

    Arkansas elects its governors lieutenant governors during federal midterm election years.Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run on separate tickets, so it is possible for the two officeholders to be members of different parties

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    In 1998, Arkansans adopted Amendment 73 to the state constitution, which limited all executive department officers to two terms.

    Salary

    $42,315

    Qualification age

    requires the governor to be at least 30 years old, an American citizen and a resident of Arkansas for at least seven years on election day.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The office of attorney general is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution

    Qualifications

    The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements—being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas and at least 18 years old

    Election

    The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector

    Term of Office

    Arkansans elect their attorneys general for four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Limit on Tenure

    Attorneys general, like all Arkansas executives, served two-year terms until 1982, when Amendment 63 to the Constitution of Arkansas increased the term length to its current level

    Salary

    73,132

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The office of secretary of state is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution. The Secretary of State shall keep a full and accurate record of all the official acts and proceedings of the Governor; and, when required, lay the same with all papers, minutes and vouchers relating thereto, before either branch of the General Assembly. He shall also discharge the duties of Superintendent of Public Instruction, until otherwise provided by law

    Qualifications

    The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.

    Election

    Arkansans elect their secretary of state for four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    Arkansans elect their secretary of state for four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Limit on Tenure

    all Arkansas executives, served two year terms

    Salary

    54,858

    Qualification age

    The State Treasurer
    Authority

    The office of treasurer is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution.

    Qualifications

    The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.

    Election

    Arkansans elect their treasurer for four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    Treasurers, like all Arkansas executives, served two-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    when Amendment 63 to the Constitution of Arkansas increased the term length

    Salary

    $85,000

    Qualification age

    The State Auditor
    Authority

    The office of auditor is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution.

    Qualifications

    The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.

    Election

    Arkansans elect their auditor for four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    Auditors of state, like all Arkansas executives, served two-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Auditors of state, like all Arkansas executives, face an absolute limit of two terms in office

    Salary

    $85,000

    Qualification age

    Arkansas State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    Each house shall have power to determine the rules of its proceedings; and punish its members, or other persons, for contempt or disorderly behavior in its presence; enforce obedience to its process; to protect its members against violence or offers of bribes, or private solicitations; and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member; but not a second time for the same cause. A member expelled for corruption shall not, thereafter, be eligible to either house; and punishment for contempt, or disorderly behavior, shall not bar an indictment for the same offense. Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings; and, from time to time, publish the same, except such parts as require secrecy; and the yeas and nays, on any question, shall, at the desire of any five members, be entered on the journals.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age

    Election

    The senators are elected to four-years term, the Senate being renewed by half every two years.

    Term of Office

    Arkansas senators are subject to term limits of no more than 16 years in either or both legislative chambers throughout their lifetimes

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $39,400/year

    Qualification age

    Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    Each house shall have power to determine the rules of its proceedings; and punish its members, or other persons, for contempt or disorderly behavior in its presence; enforce obedience to its process; to protect its members against violence or offers of bribes, or private solicitations; and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member; but not a second time for the same cause. A member expelled for corruption shall not, thereafter, be eligible to either house; and punishment for contempt, or disorderly behavior, shall not bar an indictment for the same offense. Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings; and, from time to time, publish the same, except such parts as require secrecy; and the yeas and nays, on any question, shall, at the desire of any five members, be entered on the journals.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen.

    Election

    The House is composed of 100 members elected from an equal amount of constituencies across the state

    Term of Office

    In Arkansas, representatives serve two-year terms with term limits of no more than 16 years in either or both legislative chambers throughout their lifetimes.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $39,400/year

    Qualification age

    Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age

    Arkansas State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    It may transfer a case from lower courts in certain circumstances or bring special proceedings to the higher court as outlined in Article VI. The court also has a supervisory role over all other courts in the state, over the conduct of attorneys and over the practice of law within the state.

    Qualifications

    At least 30 years old. Be of good moral character. Be learned in the law. Possess U.S. citizenship. Have been a resident of Arkansas for more than two years. Have practiced law for at least eight years preceding the date of assuming office.

    Election

    All justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court are elected for eight-year terms in nonpartisan elections.

    Term of Office

    elected for eight-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $160,000

    Associates salary

    $148,000

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old

    The Court of Appeals
    Authority

    The Arkansas Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Arkansas.

    Qualifications

    Be at least 30 years old. Be of good moral character. Be learned in the law. Be a citizen of the United States. Have been a resident of Arkansas for more than two years. Have practiced law for at least eight years.

    Election

    Judges of the Arkansas Court of Appeals are elected to the court in nonpartisan elections to eight-year terms.

    Term of Office

    elections to eight-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $144,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least 30 years old

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