Early voting for the special election to decide if the state may renew a $575 million bond for interstate improvement begins Tuesday at the Faulkner County Courthouse.


Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday and on Monday, Nov. 7.


The election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, with polls open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McGee Center and Don Owen Sports Center in Conway and at Greenbrier City Events Center, Mayflower City Hall and Vilonia First Baptist Church Life Center.


Because the turnout for the election is expected to be small, several precincts have been combined, said County Clerk Melinda Reynolds.


“Those who don’t know their precinct or voting location may call my office at 450-4910,” Reynolds said.


Voters may show a form of identification such as a voter card or a driver’s license. If they don’t have ID with them, they will still be allowed to vote if they are on the voter list, Reynolds said.


The ballot title is Issuance of State of Arkansas Federal Highway Grant Anticipation and Tax Revenue Bonds and Pledge of Full Faith and Credit of the State of Arkansas.


Under the proposed 2011 Interstate Rehabilitation Program, $575 million in bonds would be retired with an existing 4 cent state diesel tax passed by voters in 1999.


If this ballot initiative is approved by voters, the Arkansas State Highway Commission would be authorized to issue bonds for the purpose of:


• Accelerating interstate highway improvements already under way or scheduled.


• Funding new interstate highway improvement projects.


• Financing the restoration, reconstruction and renovation of interstate highway improvements within the state, including roadways, bridges or rights-of-way under jurisdiction of the State Highway Commission.


• Paying the costs of issuance of the bonds.


Highway improvements or highway improvement projects are defined as restoration and improvements of all of the interstate highway system within the state. Funds can be utilized for acquisition, construction, reconstruction and renovation costs related to projects.



(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234. Some information for this article came from the Public Policy Center of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension.)