Confused about ballot issues? Download last-minute help

KATV picture taken at 11 a.m. Monday in Downtown Little Rock

(KATV, Source: UAEX) Little Rock -{}Monday is the last day to early vote until 5 p.m., for those locations click here.{}

As of Friday, more than 371,000 voters had cast ballots. The state has about 1.6 million registered voters. For a{}Voter guide tocandidates, issues on Ark. ballot, click here.

With Election Day Tuesday, some voters may be scrambling to do their homework before making decisions on the ballot issues. {}The Public Policy Center of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has made a fact sheets about the complex ballot issues voters will face when they go to the polls.

On Election Day, Tuesday, polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"Our ballot issues this year are complicated," said Tom Riley, director of the Public Policy Center. "These are challenging to keep up with and knowing who's for it, who's against it and why."

It's important to understand these issues because they have the potential to add new laws or alter the Arkansas Constitution, he said.

Now available for download are:

  • Issue Number 5 - Making the Medical Use of Marijuana Legal Under Arkansas Law and Creating a System for Cultivation, Acquisition and Distribution - FSPPC310 (PDF)

"In creating these fact sheets, we try to do as thorough a job as possible to understand the implications of the issue," Riley said."Have the circumstances changed? What are the needs? What are the issues raised?"

"We try to understand the strongest arguments that both the opponents and proponents have and put those out in front of the people to give them a better understanding of the choice," Riley adds.

The Center's goal is to increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues and to enhance public participation in decisions regarding those public issues.{}