Nov 06, 2018
Feb 22, 2018 - Mar 01, 2018
The Arkansas Secretary of State has jurisdiction over state election laws, ensuring uniform implementation throughout the state. The secretary of state also qualifies statewide and state district candidates and ballot initiatives, and provides voter education products and services. In addition to his or her election-related responsibilities, the incumbent registers businesses in the state and keeps the state capitol grounds. The secretary of state is Arkansas' chief election officer; he or she maintains the state's election records, supervises voter registration and electronic voting systems, and collects campaign finance reports from candidates, donors and interest groups. The secretary's office also runs voter education and outreach programs to encourage greater voter participation through programs such as "Young Voter's Month." These programs also encourage knowledge of Arkansas history, the state capitol, and "citizenship." The secretary's office handles business registration, licensing and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) matters. It also keeps the state capitol building and grounds, and manages the capitol police.