There were three main issues on Tuesday’s ballot in the state of Arkansas. A sales tax for roads, a change to term limits and a change to getting something on the ballot.
Two of them passed: Issues 1 (road tax) and 2 (term limits). Issue 3 (ballot amendment question) failed. All three issues had an approximately 10 point difference at the final count.
Issue 1 was to make a 0.5% sales tax permanent. This tax would raise approximately $290 million per year and go towards fixing and maintaining roads in Arkansas. According to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, $205 million would go to ARDOT to fund work on state roads and highways while the other $85 million would go to cities and counties to work on local roads.
Hutchinson strongly supported Issue 1 and spent the weeks leading up to Election Day campaigning in favor of this tax.
The final vote was 55.3% in favor and 44.7% opposed.
Issue 2 was titled "Arkansas Term Limit Amendment" and was written to change state legislature term limits from 16 years total to 12 years then require a four-year break before serving another 12 years.
This issue passed with a final vote of 55.3% in favor and 44.7% opposed.
Issue 3 was an amendment to the state constitution that would change the requirements for grassroots organizations to get something on the ballot. It shortened the deadline and increased the number of counties required for approval.
The final vote on this issue was 44.1% in favor and 55.9% opposed.
The group Protect AR Voices strongly campaigned against Issues 2 and 3 calling them "a Trojan horse." The group spent the two weeks leading up to election day driving around a 10-foot tall Trojan Horse in order to urge voters to vote against these two issues.
Issue 1 is set to go into effect in June 1, 2023 when the temporary tax ends while Issue 2 is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.