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Voters decide

Key races, issues on upcoming ballot

East Enders will see a number of races and issues on their ballot this fall. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and East End Baptist Church will be a polling location on Election Day. Polls will be open that day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                Early voting begins Oct. 22, and East Union Missionary Baptist Church will serve as an early voting site.

                All state Constitutional offices are contested this year, including governor. There are races for the U.S. House of Representatives, state Supreme Court, state senate, county treasurer and justice of the peace. Five issues will appear on the statewide ballot, though some have been challenged in court and the votes may not be allowed to count. An additional issue regarding a temporary tax to fund a career and technical education center in Saline County will also be on local voters’ ballots.

                The race for governor pits incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) against challengers Jared Henderson (D) and Mark West (L).

                Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R)  faces a re-election challenge from Anthony Bland (D) and Frank Gilbert (L).

                Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is challenged for re-election by Mike Lee (D) and Kerry Hicks (L).

                In the race for the open seat of secretary of state, current Commissioner of Lands John Thurston (R) will face Susan Inman (D) and Christopher Olson (L).

                Auditor Andrea Lea (R) is being challenged in a re-election bid by David Dinwiddie (L).

                State Treasurer Dennis Milligan (R) is opposed for re-election by Ashley Ewald (L).

                Tommy Land (R), Larry Williams (D) and T.J. Campbell (L) will compete for the open seat of commissioner of lands.

                The race for U.S. House of Representatives will have incumbent Congressman French Hill (R) squaring off against State Rep. Clarke Tucker (D) and Joe Ryne Swafford (L).

                In a runoff for the non-partisan Position 3 on the state Supreme Court, Justice Courtney Goodson faces a challenge from David Sterling.

                • Issue 1 – would limit attorney contingency fees; limit non-economic damages to $500,000; cap punitive damages; and allow the Legislature to amend and repeal the state Supreme Court’s rules.

                • Issue 2 – would require voters to present valid photo identification before they receive ballots at the polls. Those voting by absentee ballot would have to enclose copies of their ID.

                • Issue 3 – would limit state representatives to three two-year terms and senators to two four-year terms and all lawmakers to serving a maximum of 10 years. Currently, state lawmakers may serve up to 16 years.

                • Issue 4 – would require licenses to be issued to establish casino gambling in casinos located at Southland Greyhound Park, Oaklawn Jockey Club, and at sites yet to be determined in Pope County and Jefferson County.             

                • Issue 5 – would increase the state’s minimum wage by $2.50 per hour to $11 per hour by Jan. 1, 2021.

                • Issue 6 – would create a temporary three-eighth cent county sales tax to fund a career and technical education center in Benton. See detailed information about this issue on page 6 of The East Ender.

                NOTE: More information about the statewide ballot issues (Issues 1-5) can be found on a web site developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension. The site includes information from both supporters and opponents of the ballot measures. Visit the site at https://www.uaex.edu/business-communities/voter-education/state-ballot-issues.aspx.