Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Arkansas

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Arkansas. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Arkansas. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included. This page reflects research completed in April 2014.

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Year-specific dates

2014

See also: Arkansas elections, 2014

Arkansas will have a primary election on May 20, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The 2014 filing deadline for candidates was March 3, 2014. The deadline to file paperwork to qualify as a new political party in time for the 2014 elections was January 2, 2014.[1][2] Dates for filing campaign finance reports are included in the table below.

Legend:      Ballot Access     Campaign Finance     Election Date




Dates and Requirements for Candidates in 2014
Deadline Event Type Event Description
October 4, 2013 Ballot Access First day to circulate nominating petitions to qualify as a new political party
December 3, 2013 Ballot Access First day to circulate nominating petitions as an independent candidate
January 2, 2014 Ballot Access Deadline to file paperwork to qualify as a new political party
February 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for January
March 3, 2014 Ballot Access Candidate filing deadline
March 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for February
April 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for March
May 13, 2014 Campaign Finance Deadline to file the pre-election report for candidates running in the primary election
May 20, 2014 Election Date Primary election date
June 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for May
June 19, 2014 Campaign Finance Deadline to file the final campaign finance report for candidates who lost in the primary election
July 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for June
August 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for July
September 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for August
October 15, 2014 Campaign Finance Monthly campaign finance report due for September
October 28, 2014 Campaign Finance Deadline to file the pre-election report for candidates running in the general election
November 4, 2014 Election Date General election
December 4, 2014 Campaign Finance Deadline to file the final campaign finance report

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of December 2013, Arkansas officially recognizes four political parties. In order to be recognized by the state, a political party must fulfill certain requirements, which are outlined below in "Process to establish a political party."

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Democratic http://arkdems.org/ Party platform
Green http://www.greenpartyofarkansas.org/ Party platform
Libertarian http://lpar.org/ Party by-laws
Republican http://www.arkansasgop.org/ Party platform

In some states, a candidate may choose to have a label other than that of an officially recognized party appear alongside his or her name on the ballot. Such labels are called political party designations. A political party designation would be used when a candidate qualifies as an independent, but prefers to use a different label. Arkansas[3] does not allow candidates to identify in this way. A total of 25 states allow candidates to use political party designations in non-presidential elections.

The 11 states listed below (and Washington, D.C.) do not provide a process for political organizations to gain qualified status in advance of an election. Instead, in these states, an aspirant party must first field candidates using party designations. If the candidate or candidates win the requisite votes, the organization may then be recognized as an official political party. In these states, a political party can be formed only if the candidate in the general election obtains a specific number of votes. The number of votes required and type of race vary from state to state. Details can be found on the state-specific requirements pages.[4]

Process to establish a political party

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 7, Chapter 7-205 of the Arkansas Code

In Arkansas, a political party is a group of voters whose candidate at the last preceding general election for governor or president received at least three percent of the entire vote cast for the office.[5] The process to be recognized as a party by the state, however, starts long before the general election.

  • The political group wishing to become a recognized political party must file with the Secretary of State 60 days before the candidate filing deadline.[6]
  • Filing includes submitting 10,000 signatures of registered voters in the state. These signatures cannot be gathered earlier than 90 days before the petition must be filed.[6] An affidavit, stating under oath, that the group does not advocate in any way the overthrow of the United States government or the Arkansas government by any unlawful means must also be filed.[7][8][9]
  • Once the Secretary of State's Office certifies the petition, the new political party may nominate candidates by convention for the first general election. The candidates nominated must file a political practices pledge with the Secretary of State no later than noon on the date of the primary election.[7][8]
  • If the new party obtains three percent of the total vote cast for governor or presidential nominees, it will be fully recognized as a political party. As long as its candidates continue to receive at least three percent of the total votes for governor or president, the party will maintain its status and can nominate candidates at its political party primary rather than by convention.[7][8]
  • After a primary election, recognized political parties are required to hold a state convention to receive the election results for all offices from the Arkansas Secretary of State. The party must then give each successful candidate a certificate of nomination.[10]
  • For an example of how many votes a party would have to receive to maintain its status, look to the table below.
Votes cast in 2012 presidential election Number of votes needed to maintain party status
1,078,548[11] 32,356

Events

2014 elections

The Green Party of Arkansas and the Libertarian Party of Arkansas were both recognized political parties during the 2012 elections. However, neither party's candidate received three percent of the vote in the presidential election. Because of that, both parties lost their status. The Libertarian Party of Arkansas successfully reapplied and was declared a legal political party by the Arkansas Secretary of State in October 2013.[12] The Green Party of Arkansas also successfully reapplied and was declared a legal political party in November 2013.[13][14] Both parties are qualified to place candidates on the ballot for the 2014 general election.

Arkansas House Bill 2036

In April 2013 House Bill 2036, now Act 1356, was passed in both the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas State Senate.[15] This bill moved the petition deadline for political parties seeking official state recognition from April to January 2 and moved the petition deadline for independent candidates from May 1 to March 1. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and John Walker (D) was the only legislator to vote against it in the House.[16]

Critics of the legislation allege that Act 1356 is unconstitutional. Federal courts in Arkansas have struck down similar deadlines for both independent candidates and political parties seeking official state recognition numerous times in the past.[16]

Process to become a candidate

Quick facts about Lieutenant Governors
  • 45 states have Lt. governors, 43 of them fill the office by election
  • 21 states elect Lt. governors on a single ticket with the governor at both the primary and general elections
  • 5 states elect Lt. governors separately from Governors at the primary and then put the top two vote-getters together on the general election ballot
  • 17 states, including Arkansas, elect Lt. governors separately from the Governor

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 7 of the Arkansas Code

A candidate in Arkansas may run as a candidate with an officially recognized political party, as an independent or as a write-in. The process to qualify varies depending on how a candidate runs.

  • Political party candidates (includes candidates from new political parties)
    • Must seek party nomination. This can be done through a primary election or party convention, depending on the status of the political party.[17][8]
    • Must file an affidavit of eligibility, political practices pledge, and party certificate with the Secretary of State's Office by March 1, or the next business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday.[7][8]
    • Must pay a filing fee if one has been set by the party.[7][8]
  • Independent candidates
    • Must file a political practices pledge, affidavit of eligibility and notice of candidacy with the Secretary of State's Office by March 1, or the next business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday.[7][8]
    • Must circulate petitions to gain ballot access. This process may begin 90 days before the petition filing deadline.[7][8] No process or timeline for challenging petitions is designated in the Arkansas Code.
    • Must file petitions with the Arkansas Secretary of State by March 1, or the next business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday.[18] The signature requirements vary depending on office sought.[7][8]
      • 1,000 qualified voter signatures are required to run for the office of president or vice president. These are also due at a different time than petitions for other offices. The deadline to turn in petitions to run for president or vice president is the first Monday of August.[7]
      • 10,000 qualified voter signatures or the equivalent of three percent of voters in the state, whichever is fewer, are required to run for a state executive office or U.S. senator position.
      • Signatures of three percent of voters in the county, township or district in which the candidate is seeking office are required to run for state legislative office or U.S. representative, unless the percentage is more than 2,000 signatures. No more than that is required.
  • Write-in candidates
    • Not allowed to participate in presidential, municipal or primary elections.[7][8]
    • Must file a political practices pledge, affidavit of eligibility and written notice of write-in candidacy with the Secretary of State's Office by March 1, or the next business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday.[7][8]
    • Must also file a written notice of write-in candidacy with each county in which they seek election.[7][8]

All candidates running for state, district, county, municipal, township, or school board offices must file campaign contribution and expenditure reports with the Arkansas Secretary of State. These are due when contributions received or expenditures made in any election exceed five hundred dollars.[7][8]

Events

2014 lawsuit

On February 6, 2014, three prospective independent candidates in Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit against the March 3, 2014 deadline for independent candidates to file petitions. This date was moved up from May to March by the 2013 session of the Arkansas General Assembly. Petition deadlines in Arkansas have been this early in the past but have been struck down by the courts. The case, Moore v. Martin, was assigned to James M. Moody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.[19]

Petition requirements

In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain ballot access. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Arkansas.

In Arkansas, both the process to establish a new political party and the process to become a candidate can involve petitions. To establish a political party, a petition containing 10,000 signatures is required, and these signatures must be gathered within a specified 90-day window in order to be counted.[2]

Petitions to put a candidate on the ballot are only required for independent candidates. Though these candidates also have a specified 90-day window to circulate their petitions, the number of signatures they need to gather varies depending on the office sought.[17][8]

Whether trying to establish a political party or put an independent candidate on the ballot, all signatures on a petition must be those of registered voters in Arkansas.[8] The code does not specify circulator requirements. Specifically, there are no residency requirements for circulators.

Campaign finance

Figure 1: This is the first page of a Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Report for candidates running for election in Arkansas.

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 7, Chapter 6 of the Arkansas Code

Candidates seeking a federal office must file with the Federal Election Commission. Reporting details for federal candidates are not included in this section. Candidates seeking state office file with the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Reporting requirements

Candidates are not required to file any financial reports or documents, except for the final report, until their campaign contributions or expenditures exceed $500.[7] After contributions or expenditures exceed $500, candidates must file the following reports with the Arkansas Secretary of State:

  • Monthly Reports are first filed in January of the year in which a candidate will be listed on a ballot for election and are filed each month of the election year, except when they coincide with pre-election reports. Monthly Reports are due no later than 15 days after the end of the month that they cover.[7][20]
  • Pre-election Reports must be filed before any primary, runoff, general, or special election in which the candidate’s name appears on the ballot. These reports cover all campaign finances between the last report and 10 days before the election. In the case of a runoff election, the report should cover campaign finances between the first election and 10 days before the runoff election. Pre-election Reports are due seven days prior to the applicable election.[7][20]
  • Final Reports cover all contributions, loans and expenditures not covered by former reports. These reports are due no later than 30 days after a primary, general or runoff election in which the candidate's name appeared on the ballot or no later than 30 days after a candidate withdraws from an election. These reports close financial handling for that election year and must detail how extra funds were disposed of or if they will be retained. Any retaining balances must be brought over to the next election year's Monthly Report.[7][20]
  • Records of all reports must be maintained and made available to the Arkansas Ethics Commission for a period of four years.[21]

Contribution limits

In addition to reporting requirements, candidates are also subject to fundraising limits, including the following:

  • Campaign contributions cannot exceed $2,000 per person, per election. This limit does not include a candidate's personal finances or personal loans from financial institutions.[22]
  • A state-recognized political party may donate no more than $2,500 per candidate, per election.[22]
  • Candidates may not accept contributions more than two years in advance of an election. This does not include paying off an existing campaign debt.[22]
  • Contributions greater than $100 and expenditures greater than $50 cannot be made in cash.[23]
  • Candidates may not accept contributions over $50 from anonymous donors. If such a donation is received, those funds must immediately be forfeit to the Arkansas Secretary of State to be placed into the general fund of the state treasury.[24]
  • "Campaign contributions may not be made by individuals who are not citizens of the United States or by any other entity which is not organized, existing, or created under the laws of the United States or of any state or other place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and which does not have its principal place of business in the United States."[24]

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office may require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

  • Secretary of State Elections Division:
Why: Oversees all candidate filing and reporting
Main Offices
State Capitol, RM 256
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-682-5070
Email: electionsemail@sos.arkansas.gov
http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/
  • Arkansas Ethics Commission:
Why: Issues guidelines on ethics, campaigning and lobbying and investigates election and campaign violations
P.O. Box 1917
Little Rock, AR 72203-1917
Telephone: (501) 324-9600
Toll Free: (800) 422-7773
Email: ContactUs@ArkansasEthics.com
http://www.arkansasethics.com/
  • Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners:
Why: Monitors all election procedures and funds state political party primaries and special elections
501 Woodlane Dr., Suite 401 N
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 682-1834
Fax: (501) 682-1782
Email: Info.SBEC@sos.arkansas.gov
http://www.arkansas.gov/sbec/

Counties

See also: Counties in Arkansas

Write-in candidates must file with every county in which they wish to appear on the ballot. Individual county contact information can be found in the following table. If a website is not provided in the table, it is because one does not exist for this municipality. To provide a link or information in the table below, please email us.

Arkansas County Contact Information
County Email Phone Fax Website Physical Address Mailing Address
Arkansas County Clerk arcoclerkmelissa@centurytel.net (870) 946-4349 (870) 946-4399 101 Court Square, De Witt, AR 72042
Ashley County Clerk ashleycoclerk@sbcglobal.net (870) 853-2020 (870) 853-2082 205 East Jefferson Street, Hamburg, AR 71646
Baxter County Clerk canda.reese@baxtercounty.org (870) 425-3475 (870) 424-5105 #1 East Seventh Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653
Benton County Clerk tobrien@co.benton.ar.us (479) 271-1013 (479) 271-1019 215 East Central, Bentonville, AR 72712
Boone County Clerk crystalbooneclerk@windstream.net (870) 741-8428 (870) 741-9724 100 North Main Street, Harrison, AR 72601
Bradley County Clerk bradleyclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 226-3464 (870) 226-8404 100 East Cedar Street, Warren, AR 71671
Calhoun County Clerk (870) 798-2517 (870) 798-2428 Second & Main Streets, Hampton, AR 71744
Carroll County Clerk jcorreia@hbeark.com (870) 423-2022 (870) 423-7400 210 West Church Street, Berryville, AR 72616 P.O. Box 109, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Chicot County Clerk chicotclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 265-8000 (870) 265-8006 108 Main Street, Lake Village, AR 71653
Clark County Clerk rhonda@clarkcountyarkansas.com (870) 246-4491 (870) 246-6505 link 401 Clay Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Clay County Clerk clay123@centurytel.net (870) 598-2813 (870) 598-2815 151 South Second Avenue, Piggott, AR 72454
Cleburne County Clerk cleburneclerk@arkansasclerks.com (501) 362-4620 (501) 362-4622 301 West Main Street, Heber Springs, AR 72543
Cleveland County Clerk ccclerk4@yahoo.com (870) 325-6521 (870) 325-6144 #20 Magnolia Street, Rison, AR 71665
Columbia County Clerk countyclerk@countyofcolumbia.net (870) 235-3774 (870) 235-3773 link #1 Court Square, Magnolia, AR 71753
Conway County Clerk dhartman@conwaycounty.org (501) 354-9621 (501) 354-9610 117 South Moose Street, Morrilton, AR 72110
Craighead County Clerk kholliday@craigheadcounty.org (870) 933-4520 (870) 933-4514 link 511 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401
Crawford County Clerk tarmer@crawford-county.org (479) 474-1312 (479) 471-3236 link 300 Main Street, Van Buren, AR 72956
Crittenden County Clerk (870) 739-4434 (870) 739-3072 100 Court Square, Marion, AR 72364
Cross County Clerk winklercountyclerk@sbcglobal.net (870) 238-5735 (870) 238-5739 705 East Union Street, Wynne, AR 72396
Dallas County Clerk susie09co_cir@windstream.net (870) 352-2307 (870) 352-7179 Third and Oak Streets, Fordyce, AR 71742
Desha County Clerk countyclerk@deshacounty.org (870) 877-2323 (870) 877-3413 Robert Moore Street, Arkansas City, AR 71630
Drew County Clerk drewclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 460-6260 (870) 460-6246 210 S. Main Street, Monticello, AR 71655
Faulkner County Clerk melinda.reynolds@faulknercounty.org (501) 450-4909 (501) 450-4938 801 Locust Street, Conway, AR 72034
Franklin County Clerk Franklincoclerk@fra.countyservice.net (479) 667-3607 (479) 667-3611 211 West Commercial, Ozark, AR 72949
Fulton County Clerk vickiefcclerk@centurytel.net (870) 895-3310 870) 895-3383 123 South Main, Salem, AR 72576
Garland County Clerk sasmith@garlandcounty.org (501) 622-3610 (501) 624-0665 link 501 Ouachita Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Grant County Clerk gcclerk@seark.net (870) 942-2631 (870) 942-3564 101 W. Center, Sheridan, AR 72150
Greene County Clerk greeneclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 239-6345 (870) 239-6320 320 West Court Street, Paragould, AR 72450
Hempstead County Clerk bitojava@yahoo.com (870) 777-2241 (870) 771-7829 400 South Washington Street, Hope, AR 71801
Hot Spring County Clerk sboyette@hotspringcounty.org (501) 332-2291 (501) 332-2221 210 Locust Streets, Malvern, AR 72104
Howard County Clerk howardclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 845-7502 (870) 845-7505 421 North Main Street, Nashville, AR 71852
Independence County Clerk independenceclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 793-8828 870) 793-8831 192 East Main Street, Batesville, AR 72501
Izard County Clerk (870) 368-4316 (870) 368-4748 County Courthouse, Melbourne, AR 72556
Jackson County Clerk jacksoncountyclerk@gmail.com (870) 523-7420 (870) 523-7406 link 208 Main Street, Newport, AR 72112
Jefferson County Clerk pjohnson.jcclerk@sbcglobal.net (870) 541-5322 (870) 541-5324 link 101 East Barraque Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Johnson County Clerk johnsonclerk@arkansasclerks.com (479) 754-3967 (479) 754-2286 215 West Main Street, Clarksville, AR 72830
Lafayette County Clerk lafayetteclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 921-4633 (870) 921-4505 Courthouse Square, Lewisville, AR 71845
Lawrence County Clerk lawrenceclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 886-1111 (870) 886-1122 315 West Main, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
Lee County Clerk patriciawilson1@att.net (870) 295-7715 (870) 295-7783 15 East Chestnut Street, Marianna, AR 72360
Lincoln County Clerk grannyk1951@yahoo.com (870) 628-5114 (870) 628-5794 300 South Drew Street, Star City, AR 71667
Little River County Clerk deanas3@sbcglobal.net (870) 898-7208 (870) 898-2860 351 North Second, Ashdown, AR 71822
Logan County Clerk countyclerksofc@centurytel.net (479) 963-2618 (479) 963-9017 25 W. Walnut, Paris, AR 72855
Lonoke County Clerk lclarke@lonokecountyclerk.org (501) 676-2368 (501) 676-2423 301 North Center Street, Lonoke, AR 72086
Madison County Clerk madisonclerk@arkansasclerks.com (479) 738-2747 (479) 738-2735 201 West Main Street, Huntsville, AR 72740
Marion County Clerk clerkmarioncounty@yahoo.com (870) 449-6226 (870) 449-4979 Marion County Courthouse, Yellville, AR 72687
Miller County Clerk ann.nicholas@millercountyar.org (870) 774-1501 (870) 773-4090 400 Laurel Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
Mississippi County Clerk (870) 762-2411 (870) 838-7784 200 West Walnut Street, Blytheville, AR 72315
Monroe County Clerk monroeclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 747-3632 (870) 747-5961 123 Madison Street, Clarendon, AR 72029
Montgomery County Clerk montgomeryclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 867-3521 (870) 867-2177 105 Highway 270 East, Mount Ida, AR 71957
Nevada County Clerk nevadaclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 887-2710 (870) 887-5795 215 E. 2nd Street, Prescott, AR 71857
Newton County Clerk (870) 446-5125 (870) 446-5755 Court Street, Jasper, AR 72641
Ouachita County Clerk coclerk@cablelynx.com (870) 837-2220 (870) 837-2217 145 Jefferson Street, Camden, AR 71701
Perry County Clerk phood@arbbs.net (501) 889-5126 (501) 889-5759 link 310 West Main Street, Perryville, AR 72126
Phillips County Clerk phillipsclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 338-5505 (870) 338-5509 620 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342
Pike County Clerk pikeclerk@yahoo.com (870) 285-2743 (870) 285-3900 Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Poinsett County Clerk arseat63@pcsii.com (870) 578-4412 (870) 578-2441 401 Market Street, Harrisburg, AR 72432
Polk County Clerk polkcountyclerk@yahoo.com (479) 394-8123 (479) 394-8115 507 Church Avenue, Mena, AR 71953
Pope County Clerk popeclerk@suddenlinkmail.com (479) 968-6064 (479) 967-2291 100 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801
Prairie County Clerk prairieclerk@arkansasclerks.com (870) 256-4434 (870) 256-4434 123 Magnolia Street, DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Pulaski County Clerk abest@pulaskiclerk.com (501) 340-8500 (501) 340-8340 201 South Broadway, Little Rock, AR 72201
Randolph County Clerk rcoclerk@suddenlinkmail.com (870) 892-5822 (870) 892-5829 107 West Broadway, Pocahontas, AR 72455
Saline County Clerk doug.curtis@salinecounty.org (501) 303-5630 (501) 776-2412 link 200 North Main Street, Benton, AR 72015
Scott County Clerk scottcountyclerk@hotmail.com (479) 637-2642 (479) 637-0124 Courthouse Square, Waldron, AR 72958
Searcy County Clerk searcyclerk@gmail.com (870) 448-3807 (870) 448-5005 Courthouse Square, Marshall, AR 72650
Sebastian County Clerk sbrooks@co.sebastian.ar.us (479) 782-5065 (479) 784-1567 link Fort Smith Courthouse, 35 So. 6th, Room 102, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Sevier County Clerk hughesdebbie13@yahoo.com (870) 642-2852 (870) 642-3896 115 North Third Street, DeQueen, AR 71832
Sharp County Clerk sharpclerk@centurytel.net (870) 994-7361 (870) 994-7712 link 718 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR 72513
St. Francis County Clerk roseemily52@hotmail.com (870) 261-1725 (870) 630-1210 313 South Izard Street, Forrest City, AR 72335
Stone County Clerk djwilson@mvtel.net (870) 269-5550 (870) 269-9058 107 West Main, Mountain View, AR 72560
Union County Clerk unioncountyclerk@ymail.com (870) 864-1910 (870) 864-1927 link 101 North Washington Street, El Dorado, AR 71730
Van Buren County Clerk vbcdeputy@clintoncable.net (501) 745-6995 (501) 745-6976 451 Main Street, Clinton, AR 72031
Washington County Clerk (479) 444-1711 (479) 444-1894 link 280 North College Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701
White County Clerk cheryl.evans.2012@gmail.com (501) 279-6204 (501) 279-6260 300 N. Spruce St., Searcy, AR 72143
Woodruff County Clerk kellypeebles@hotmail.com (870) 347-2871 (870) 347-2608 500 North Third Street, Augusta, AR 72006
Yell County Clerk yellclerk@arkansasclerks.com (479) 495-4850 (479) 495-4875 link 101 E. 5th Street, Danville, AR 72833

Term limits

State executives and legislators in Arkansas have term limits. These limits were established by the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative, which was passed by voters in 1992 and became Amendment 73 of the Arkansas Constitution.

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits and Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014

The state executive term limits in Arkansas are as follows:[25]

The two state executives who are term-limited in 2014 are:

Name Party Office
Mike Beebe Electiondot.png Democratic Governor
Dustin McDaniel Electiondot.png Democratic Attorney General

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Members of the Arkansas State Senate may serve a total of two terms, or eight years, and members of the Arkansas House of Representatives may serve a total of three terms, or six years.[26]

2014

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2014 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2014

A total of 24 state legislators will be termed out in 2014.

Name Party Chamber District
Robert Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic State Senate District 20
Walls McCrary Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 14
James Word Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 16
Terry Rice Ends.png Republican State House District 21
Ann Clemmer Ends.png Republican State House District 23
Allen Kerr Ends.png Republican State House District 32
John Edwards Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 35
Darrin Williams Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 36
Jim Nickels Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 41
Mark Perry Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 42
Davy Carter Ends.png Republican State House District 43
Jody Dickinson Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 47
Butch Wilkins Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 59
James McLean Electiondot.png Democratic State House District 63
Robert Dale Ends.png Republican State House District 68
Andrea Lea Ends.png Republican State House District 71
Stephanie Malone Ends.png Republican State House District 77
Jonathan Barnett Ends.png Republican State House District 87
Les Carnine Ends.png Republican State House District 90
Mary Slinkard Ends.png Republican State House District 92
Debra Hobbs Ends.png Republican State House District 94
Duncan Baird Ends.png Republican State House District 96
John Burris Ends.png Republican State House District 98
Karen Hopper Ends.png Republican State House District 100

2012

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

A total of 33 state legislators were termed out in 2012.

2010

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2010 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2010

A total of 47 state legislators were termed out in 2010.

Congressional partisanship

Portal:Congress
See also: List of United States Representatives from Arkansas and List of United States Senators from Arkansas

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Arkansas:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Arkansas
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 0 1
     Republican Party 1 4 5
TOTALS as of August 2014 2 4 6

State legislative partisanship

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Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Arkansas:

State Senate

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 21
     Vacancy 1
Total 35

State House

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 48
     Republican Party 51
     Green Party 1
Total 100

See also

External links

Official state and federal links

Forms

News

Other information

References

  1. State Board of Election Commissioners, "Running for Public Office, A 'Plain English' Handbook for Candidates, 2014 Edition," Accessed January 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013
  3. Email and phone correspondence with the Arkansas Secretary of State, Division of Elections in December 2013
  4. E-mail consultation with ballot access expert Richard Winger in January 2014.
  5. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 Running for Public Office, "A 'Plain English' Handbook for Candidates," 2012 Edition
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 Arkansas Code of 1987, "Title 7, Elections," accessed October 30, 2013
  9. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 3-108," accessed December 3, 2013
  10. Arkansas Code, "Section 7-3-107," accessed December 16, 2013
  11. Arkansas Secretary of State Website, "Arkansas State General Election, November 6, 2012," accessed December 19, 2013
  12. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  13. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  14. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  15. Open States, "HB 2036," accessed December 18, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ballot Access News, "Arkansas Moves Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Parties to January, and Independent Deadline to March," July 8, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Running for Public Office, "A 'Plain English' Handbook for Candidates," 2012 Edition
  18. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013
  19. Ballot Access News, "Independent Candidates File Lawsuit Against Arkansas’ New March 3 Petition Deadline for Independent Candidates," February 6, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Arkansas Code, "Section 7-6-207," accessed November 20, 2014
  21. Arkansas Code, "Section 7-6-206," accessed December 9, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Arkansas Code, "Section 7-6-203," accessed December 9, 2013
  23. Arkansas Code, "Section 7-6-204," accessed December 9, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 Arkansas Code, "Section 7-6-205," accessed December 9, 2013
  25. Constitution of the State of Arkansas, "Amendment 73," accessed November 4, 2013
  26. U.S. Election Atlas, "1992 Initiative General Election Results - Arkansas," accessed November 4, 2013