Arkansas Elections


Arkansas has joined the growing list of states where medical marijuana is legal despite warnings from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other opponents who said use of the drug will lead to increased regulatory costs and healthcare woes.

Arkansas Elections: Latest Results

Nov 8, 2016

11:30 p.m.

Arkansas has become the first state in the Bible Belt to legalize medical marijuana.

With their approval of Issue 6 on Tuesday, voters will allow patients with a variety of medical conditions and a doctor's permission to buy marijuana from dispensaries. Patients won't be allowed to grow their own.

Some political leaders said they preferred that Arkansas legislators instead allow a version of the drug that is low in THC, which gives marijuana its high.

10:56 p.m.

Bruce Coleman, GOP, elected State House, District 81, Arkansas.

We have a robust team of local reporters out on the scene working to bring you voting results with context. In our studios providing analysis are political science professor Hal Bass and Gwen Moritz of Arkansas Business.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / Arkansas Public Media

It's Election Day and Arkansans have until 7:30 p.m. to get in line to cast their ballot. The Secretary of State's office has projected high voter turnout and reports early voting totals exceeding the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office says more than 606,000 Arkansans took advantage of early voting, compared to about 452,000 in 2012.

Monday is the last day of early voting and the number of Arkansans that have already cast their ballots has surpassed 2012 levels but over 100,000. More than 452,000 Arkansans early voted in the 2012 presidential election, that number has already exceeded 565,000 this year according the Secretary of State’s office.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Just before a historic presidential election, a group of University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Clinton School of Public Service students are visiting more than a dozen houses of worship on Sunday to collect data on how religious organizations influence their congregants' political views.

A couple days before distributing surveys at religious congregations all around Little Rock, students and volunteers attend a training session at an auditorium on the UALR campus.

Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stu Soffer
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

 A Jefferson County Election Commissioner has responded to allegations that he intimidated and prevented voters from casting ballots at an early polling site in Pine Bluff.

“H. Clinton comm. report” by Jon Kennedy depicts Hillary Rodham Clinton and her commission report concerning new educational standards. December 15, 1983.
UALR Center for History and Culture

Many are familiar with the often unsophisticated world of newspaper comic strips but there are some comics with more thought – political and editorial cartoons. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for History and Culture is out with a new virtual exhibit, “No Laughing Matter: Political Cartoons and the Arkansas Historical Perspective.” UALR historian, Dr. Barclay Key, joined KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman this week to talk cartoons.

The 18th annual Arkansas Poll is out and indicates the likely continued dominance of Republicans in state politics. The poll is commissioned by the University of Arkansas.

Through phone interviews conducted in late October, 800 randomly-selected Arkansas voters are asked 60 public policy questions. KUAR’s Chris Hickey talked results with poll director Janine Parry of the U of A political science department.

Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is alleging that a Jefferson County election official intimidated voters at an early voting site in Pine Bluff.

Democratic Party of Arkansas attorney Chris Burks filed a lawsuit on behalf of a voter, Victor Johnson, and Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Johnson (no relation) against County Election Commissioner Stuart Soffer and the Republican Party of Arkansas.

At a press conference in the state Capitol Rotunda, Burks said Victor Johnson was prevented from voting and at one point Soffer told Johnson to “shut up and go home.”