2021 Arkansas Elections Key Votes

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Vote Smart provides easy access to congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Oct. 7, 2021 AR SB 743 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (53 - 35)
Oct. 7, 2021 AR HB 1982 Establishes State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Oct. 6, 2021 AR HB 1982 Establishes State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (59 - 30)
Oct. 6, 2021 AR SB 743 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
April 22, 2021 AR SB 701 Establishes a Uniform Process for Opening and Validating all Absentee Ballots Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
April 20, 2021 AR SB 643 Limits the Time Frame for Absentee Ballot Applications to be Received Bill Passed - House (65 - 25)
April 20, 2021 AR SB 557 Amends the Duties of County Board Election Commissioner Members Bill Passed - House (76 - 17)
April 20, 2021 AR SB 498 Requires Written Complaints be Sent by the County Board of Election Commissioners to the State Board of Election Commissioners Bill Passed - House (79 - 9)
April 13, 2021 AR HB 1715 Requires Voters' Signatures on Absentee Ballots Match the Signature from Their Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
April 13, 2021 AR SB 488 Exempts Certain Forms of Examining and Copying of Public Records Bill Passed - House (71 - 21)
April 13, 2021 AR SB 643 Limits the Time Frame for Absentee Ballot Applications to be Received Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
April 7, 2021 AR SB 498 Requires Written Complaints be Sent by the County Board of Election Commissioners to the State Board of Election Commissioners Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
April 7, 2021 AR SB 557 Amends the Duties of County Board Election Commissioner Members Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
April 1, 2021 AR SB 496 Establishes Uniform Dates for Holding Special Elections Bill Passed - House (74 - 9)
April 1, 2021 AR SB 486 Prohibits Individuals from Entering or Remaining in an Area Where Voting is Taking Place Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
April 1, 2021 AR HB 1715 Requires Voters' Signatures on Absentee Ballots Match the Signature from Their Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - House (74 - 22)
April 1, 2021 AR HB 1803 Amends the Complaint Process for Election Law Violations Bill Passed - House (78 - 18)
April 1, 2021 AR SB 487 Requires Election Officials to Ensure Electronic Pollbooks are Secure Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
April 1, 2021 AR SB 488 Exempts Certain Forms of Examining and Copying of Public Records Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
March 17, 2021 AR HB 1522 Establishes a Misdemeanor Offense for False Statements by Candidates Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
March 3, 2021 AR HB 1338 Amends the Petition Process to be a Candidate by Increasing the Number of Signatures Required Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 3)
Feb. 24, 2021 AR HB 1112 Requires Presenting Identification in Order to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
Feb. 2, 2021 AR HB 1112 Requires Presenting Identification in Order to Vote Bill Passed - House (75 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/07 SB 743 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (53 - 35)
10/07 HB 1982 Establishes State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
10/06 HB 1982 Establishes State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - House (59 - 30)
10/06 SB 743 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 10)
4/22 SB 701 Establishes a Uniform Process for Opening and Validating all Absentee Ballots Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
4/20 SB 643 Limits the Time Frame for Absentee Ballot Applications to be Received Bill Passed - House (65 - 25)
4/20 SB 557 Amends the Duties of County Board Election Commissioner Members Bill Passed - House (76 - 17)
4/20 SB 498 Requires Written Complaints be Sent by the County Board of Election Commissioners to the State Board of Election Commissioners Bill Passed - House (79 - 9)
4/13 HB 1715 Requires Voters' Signatures on Absentee Ballots Match the Signature from Their Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
4/13 SB 488 Exempts Certain Forms of Examining and Copying of Public Records Bill Passed - House (71 - 21)
4/13 SB 643 Limits the Time Frame for Absentee Ballot Applications to be Received Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
4/07 SB 498 Requires Written Complaints be Sent by the County Board of Election Commissioners to the State Board of Election Commissioners Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
4/07 SB 557 Amends the Duties of County Board Election Commissioner Members Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 6)
4/01 SB 496 Establishes Uniform Dates for Holding Special Elections Bill Passed - House (74 - 9)
4/01 SB 486 Prohibits Individuals from Entering or Remaining in an Area Where Voting is Taking Place Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
4/01 HB 1715 Requires Voters' Signatures on Absentee Ballots Match the Signature from Their Voter Registration Application Bill Passed - House (74 - 22)
4/01 HB 1803 Amends the Complaint Process for Election Law Violations Bill Passed - House (78 - 18)
4/01 SB 487 Requires Election Officials to Ensure Electronic Pollbooks are Secure Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
4/01 SB 488 Exempts Certain Forms of Examining and Copying of Public Records Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
3/17 HB 1522 Establishes a Misdemeanor Offense for False Statements by Candidates Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 1)
3/03 HB 1338 Amends the Petition Process to be a Candidate by Increasing the Number of Signatures Required Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 3)
2/24 HB 1112 Requires Presenting Identification in Order to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
2/02 HB 1112 Requires Presenting Identification in Order to Vote Bill Passed - House (75 - 20)

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