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Fast Facts
Special election on highway repair funding issue set for Nov. 8
Early voting begins Nov. 1
Voter education fact sheets available from county offices and online

LITTLE ROCK – Before voters go to the polls Nov. 8 to decide on a highway funding proposal, they will have a tool from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center to help them make an informed choice. Early voting for the special election begins Nov. 1. Since its inception in 2005, the PPC has provided Arkansas’ electorate with unbiased information on issues appearing on the ballot, and 2011 was no exception.

“We want to help ensure that when you go to vote, you’re making an informed decision,” said Tom Riley, director of the Public Policy Center.

This year, the PPC issued the “2011 Arkansas Interstate Highway Bone Financing Question,” FSPPC308, that answers the “whys,” whats,” in addition to summarizing the arguments for and against the measure. The fact sheet also includes text of the ballot issue.

The fact sheet will be available online at, or from your county extension office.

Every PPC fact sheet undergoes peer review to ensure accuracy and an absence of bias. Reviewers include the National Agricultural Law Center, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, Arkansas Development Finance Authority and the U of A Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, sponsors and other entities.

The fact sheets are also very clear if there is the potential for a conflict of interest with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, which houses the Public Policy Center.

“We strive to present Arkansas citizens with a fair and balanced representation of the issues brought to the ballot and welcome any constructive criticism of that effort,” said Riley.

The U of A Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with timely, credible, unbiased and research-based information and education about public issues. Its goals are to increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues, enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues and help citizens craft, evaluate and implement alternative solutions to public issues.

For more information on the Public Policy Center and ballot issues, visit

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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