For AR People has joined a coalition known as Protect AR Vote, which filed as a Legislative Question Committee today to formally oppose the legislature’s 2022 referred amendment. If approved by voters this fall, the referred amendment would require a 60% voter approval for citizen-driven ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments. Right now voters need only a simple majority to pass ballot initiatives.
The opposed referendum is one of the legislature’s many attempts to squash citizen-led direct democracy in Arkansas. Last year Arleg passed several anti-direct democracy bills that erode public power and participation in the democratic process, including changes to signature gathering and paid canvasser requirements. A simple majority of voters can decide to amend the Arkansas constitution or to pass popular issues, like medical marijuana and increase in minimum wage. Yet those in power still want to make it harder for regular Arkansans to have a say in making our state better. In essence, legislators and lobbyists do not want you to have power as citizens.
For AR People is proud to be part of the Protect AR Vote Coalition to defeat the legislature’s attack on citizen-driven democracy. Read the coalition’s press release here and stay tuned for how we will fight to retain our direct power in Arkansas.