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Arkansas Constitution

Arkansas adopted the current constitution on October 13, 1874. The 1874 Constitution was approved by the people by a three-to-one majority.

The Arkansas constitution consists of 20 Articles.  As of March 2007, 84 amendments have been added to the Constitution.

The current Constitution allows for two methods of amendment such as:

1. Legislative amendment

The amendment requires majority approval of both houses ,publication in at least one newspaper in each county for six months prior to the next election of the Assembly, and majority approval of the voters.

2. Amendment by Initative

Under Section 1 of Article 5, ten percent of voters may propose an amendment by initiative, requiring majority approval.

Full Text of Arkansas Constitution: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/Summary/ArkansasConstitution1874.pdf

Inside Arkansas Constitution