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Arkansas voters passed Issue No. 1 in Tuesday's general election.
As a result, a half-percent sales tax will be implemented throughout the state for improving roads.
Revenue generated from the tax will finance improvements to streets, bridges and roads, but primarily will be used to pay for a four-lane highway system statewide.
The issue received approval from 58 percent of Arkansas voters. That constitutes 592,980 votes. In Arkansas, 42 percent of Arkansas voters, constituting 425,733 votes, were opposed to the issue.
In Saline County 56 percent, or 25,463 voters, decided for Issue No. 1 Those that voted against Issue No. 1 totaled 44 percent or 20,214 votes.
The issue was referred to voters by the Arkansas General Assembly and will result in an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution.
The second issue on the ballot did not pass. Issue No. 2 would have authorized cities and counties to create districts within the county for redevelopment projects. Overall in Arkansas, 43 percent or 424,782 votes were entered in support for Issue No. 2. The total for votes against the issue was 57 percent or 554,361 votes.
In Saline County 40 percent or 17,569 people voted in support of Issue No. 2. Those who voted against totaled 26,625 or 60 percent.
The final issue on the ballot did not pass. Issue No. 5 would have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
In Arkansas, 49 percent or 504,204 voters, weighed in in favor of Issue No. 5. The majority, 51 percent, or 534,071 voters, was against the measure.
The margin was a bit wider in Saline County, where 47 percent, or 22,102 voters, was against the issue, and 53 percent, or 24,474 voters, voted against it.
These results were released by the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office, with 91 percent of voters being counted. Election results are not yet official, as a canvassing of the results will not be conducted until later this month.
Two issues regarding casinos in Arkansas were prevented from counting, although they appeared on the ballots.
Issue 4, proposed by Texas businessman Michael Wasserman, was struck down after a closer look at signatures received to get the issue on the ballot. The investigation found Wasserman had not submitted the required 78,133 signatures needed.
Issue 3, proposed by professional poker player Nancy Todd, was taken to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which struck down the ballot measure because of language that would affect existing casinos in Arkansas. The wording was changed after Todd received the number of signatures necessary to get the issue on the ballot.