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This page details Arkansas signature requirements. In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

Partisan candidates for federal office in Arkansas are not required to submit signatures. Candidate filing fees are set by each political party's state executive committee. To establish a new party, 10,000 signatures must be collected. Once submitted, the party nominates its first candidates by convention. If its gubernatorial candidate garners at least 3% of the vote, the party may participate in the primary process for all offices the following year.

Write-in candidates must file a notice of write-in candidacy with the county board of election commissioners in each county where the candidate is seeking election. He or she must also file a notice with the Secretary of State before the final day of the party filing period.

Independent candidates are subject to signature filing requirements.[1]

U.S. Senate

Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 3% of the total vote for governor in the last election. However, the number of required signatures may not exceed 10,000.[1]

U.S. House

Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 3% of the total vote for governor in the last election in their congressional district. However, the number of required signatures may not exceed 2,000.[1]

Signature deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

The deadline for partisan candidate fees and write-in candidate signatures was March 1, 2012. The deadline for independent candidate signatures was May 1, 2012.[1]

State offices

Partisan candidates for state office in Arkansas are not required to submit signatures. Candidate filing fees are set by each political party's state executive committee. To establish a new party, 10,000 signatures must be collected. Once submitted, the party nominates its first candidates by convention. If its gubernatorial candidate garners at least 3% of the vote, the party may participate in the primary process for all offices the following year.

Write-in candidates must file a notice of write-in candidacy with the county board of election commissioners in each county where the candidate is seeking election. He or she must also file a notice with the Secretary of State before the final day of the party filing period.

Independent candidates are subject to signature filing requirements.[1]

Statewide executive offices

Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 3% of the total vote for governor in the last election. However, the number of required signatures may not exceed 10,000.[1]

State legislature

Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 3% of the total vote for governor in the last election in their congressional district. However, the number of required signatures may not exceed 2,000.[1]

Signature deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

The deadline for partisan candidate fees and write-in candidate signatures was March 1, 2012. The deadline for independent candidate signatures was May 1, 2012.[1]

Ballot measures

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Signature requirements in Arkansas differ between statutory initiatives, constitutional amendments, and veto referendums. For an initiated constitutional amendment, signatures equal to at least 10% of the total number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last gubernatorial election are required. For an initiated state statute, signatures equal to at least 8% of this total are required. For veto referendums, signatures equal to at least 6% of this total are required.

Year Amendment Statute Veto referendum
2014 78,133 62,507 46,880
2012 78,133 62,507 46,880
2010 77,468 61,974 46,481
2008 77,468 61,974 46,481

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, Section 1

Basis of calculation

Signature requirements are based on the vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. 774,680 votes were cast for the office of Arkansas governor in the 2006 election, while 781,333 votes were cast in the November 2, 2010 gubernatorial election.[2]

Year Votes cast for governor
2010 781,333
2006 774,680

Geographic distribution

See also: Distribution requirement

Arkansas requires that a petition must contain, from each of 15 counties, qualified signatures equaling at least half of the designated signatures for that county (1/2 of 10% = 5% for an amendment; 1/2 of 8% = 4% for a statute). For example, if 1,000 people voted for governor in a county and the petition is for a constitutional amendment, the signatures of 50 (5%) qualified electors are required. The requirement was created by Arkansas Amendment 7 in 1920.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, Section 1

Signature deadlines

2012

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2012

Signatures to qualify initiatives for the Arkansas ballot are due four months prior to the November election date in even-numbered years. Thus, the deadline to submit signatures for an initiated constitutional amendment, statue, or veto referendum for the 2012 ballot was July 6, 2012.[4] The 2010 deadline was July 2, 2010.

See also

2012

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