We will keep you updated on every Arkansas race and ballot issues with live coverage, updates and breaking news.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — After historic early voting numbers across America, Election Day is finally here and people will head to the polls to cast their ballots in the presidential election as well as Arkansas races and issues.
Arkansans will decide on several key issues, including a permanent sales tax and how ballot initiatives make it onto the ballot.
Voters will also choose who they wish to represent them in the U.S. House and Senate with several races on the ballot.
Below you will find the latest updates on any problems that may arise at the polls as well as election results and other news as it comes in.
You can check election results as they come in by clicking here.
State Sen. Joyce Elliott stated that she has not yet conceded to Rep. French Hill, stating “Let me be clear, this race is not over.”
Voters in Arkansas have voted in favor for Issues 1 and 2 on the ballot.
Issue 1: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to continue a half-percent (0.5%) sales tax for state highways and bridges, county roads, bridges, etc.
For Issue 1: 55%
Issue 2: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to amend the term limits for members to twelve consecutive years for state legislators with the opportunity to return after a four-year break.
For Issue 2: 55%
Voters in Arkansas voted against Issue 3 on the ballot.
Issue 3: A constitutional amendment to amend the process that goes into the submission, challenge, and approval of proposed legislation.
For Issue 3: 44%
Against Issue 3: 56%
Rep. French Hill has won the 2nd US Congressional District in Arkansas in a contentious race against Democratic candidate State Sen. Joyce Elliott, according to AP.
Incumbent Rep. French Hill has gained a lead against Democratic challenger State Sen. Joyce Elliott, 52% to 48%.
In the general election, Independent candidate and rapper Kanye West has so far garnered almost 2,000 total votes throughout the state.
Arkansas issues update:
Issue No. 1: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to continue a half-percent (0.5%) sales tax for state highways and bridges, county roads, bridges, etc.
Issue No. 2: An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to amend the term limits for members to twelve consecutive years for state legislators with the opportunity to return after a four-year break.
Issue No. 3: A constitutional amendment to amend the process that goes into the submission, challenge, and approval of proposed legislation.
In Sen. Cotton’s victory speech, he spoke on how his thoughts were with veterans, police officers, and their families, as well as stating that he “would never bend the knee to a politically correct mob.” Click here to watch his full speech.
With absentee ballots still needing to be counted along with today’s in-person votes, Rep. French Hill leads the 2nd Congressional race narrowly within a span of 2,000 votes.
President Trump has won Arkansas, projected by AP.
With Pulaski County reporting, State Sen. Joyce Elliott beat out Rep. French Hill 62% to 38 percent.
In Saline County, Hill makes up for it by leading Elliott by 40 percent of the county’s vote.
AP has reported Sen. Tom Cotton as the winner of the US Senate race against his Libertarian challenger Ricky Harrington Jr.
According to Joshua Price with the Pulaski County Election Commission, a group of young people between the ages of 18 and 22 came in to Laman Library to vote, but were not registered to vote and had missed the deadline.
An election judge at the library said they could vote provisional but they would have to wait in line to get in line to vote.
The judge said that the group got mad and left.
According to the Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, nearly 200,000 more Arkansas residents early voted in this year’s election compared to the 2016 election.
Early votes in 2020 election: 803,389
Early votes in 2016 election: 606,332
Two pro-Trump trucks have been removed from two Pulaski County polling locations after they were parked directly in front of the locations.
The two trucks were at Roosevelt Thompson Library and Unitarian Universalist Church on Reservoir.
Concerned citizens alerted the Pulaski County Election Commission who in turn called the Little Rock Mayor’s office and the Little Rock Police Department.
According to Joshua Price with the election commission, the truck at Roosevelt Library was a semi-truck parked in front of the entrance. The truck at the church was a normal truck parked in the parking lot, but in front of the entrance.
Price said the owners of the trucks weren’t voting and had left the trucks there.
Both trucks are now gone, but Price is not sure if they were towed or moved by the owners.
According to Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, a total of 794,394 people voted early in Arkansas. In 2016, a total of 606,332 people voted early in the state.
According to Jefferson County officials, the election equipment is working again and the polling sites are open to voters.
Several polling sites in Jefferson County haven’t opened yet due to “difficulties poll workers encountered using the new equipment.”
Stu Soffer with the Jefferson County Board of Election Commissioners urged voters to delay voting until later “when everything should be running smoothly.”
We will continue to update this article with more information as it becomes available throughout the day.