Arkansas Voters Pass 3 Ballot Issues


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Three ballot issues that were before voters on Election Day all appeared to have passed as election returns continued coming in late Tuesday evening.

The measures that appeared to have won approval were:

  • Issue 2: Voter ID
  • Issue 4: Casino Gaming
  • Issue 5: Minimum Wage

With Issue 2, the measure adds as a qualification to vote that a voter present certain valid photographic identification when casting a ballot in person or casting an absentee ballot.

With 77% of precincts reported, the vote was 80% for and 20% against.

Issue 4 asked voters to add a section to the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in the state (one each in Crittenden (Southland Racing Corp.), Garland (Oaklawn Jockey Club) Pope, and Jefferson counties.

With 77% of precincts reported, the vote was 54% for and 46% against.

Issue 5, an initiated act to increase the minimum wage in Arkansas would increase the wage from $8.50 to $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019, then to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020, and finally to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2021.

With 77% of precincts reporting, the vote was 68% for and 32% against.

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