The general election is creeping closer and closer and a good way for Arkansas voters to get a heads up on the topics that will be on the ballot is to go to http://ballotpedia.org.
Among the issues on the ballot are proposed Amendment No. 1, which hands over the election of voting officials to the legislature. This would allow anyone, including those employed by the state, who wants to be a voting official, to apply for the position at the clerk's office. The amendment would also remove the unclear language of Article 3, Section 5, which states, "No idiot or insane person shall be entitled to the privileges of an elector" because of the difficulty of determining the definition of the words idiot and insane.
Another issue is banning unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children. This has been a controversial issue for many family development groups across the state. The issue is mostly aimed against gays and lesbians adopting or fostering children.
The issue of a state lottery will also be on the ballot. The lottery funds will help raise money for college scholarships for students planning to attend two- and four-year colleges. Conservative groups, such as Family Council Action Committee, have been fighting the issue. Arkansas is one of eight states in the nation that does not have a state lottery.
The deadline for registering to vote was Oct. 6. Absentee voting started Sept. 30 and runs until noon Nov. 3. Early voting begins Oct. 20.