BY MELANIE BUCK –
The first of seven issues to land on the Arkansas ballot in the November 2016 General Election would increase the length of term in office for some county officials, if approved by state voters.
The Arkansas Increase in Length of Term in Office for Some County Officials Amendment, also known as Issue 1, is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. If passed, the amendment would affect county judges, court clerks, and county surveyors, by increasing the length of their terms from two years to four years.
It would also prohibit certain elected officials from being appointed or elected to a different civil office during their term. Those officials include: county judges, county clerks, court clerks, county surveyors, justices of the peace, sheriffs, tax collectors, coroners, assessors, treasurers, and circuit clerks.