Registration Deadline: To qualify to vote in the next election, you must apply to register to vote 30 days before the election. If you mail a form, it must be postmarked by that date. You may also present it to a voter registration agency representative by that date.
Party Affiliation: In a primary election, you must state the party primary in which you wish to vote. If you don’t wish to cast a party ballot, you may choose to vote in the nonpartisan races only (which may include judicial and prosecuting attorney races, and other local issues such as tax increases). In a primary election, you’re allowed to vote only one party’s ballot or the nonpartisan ballot. The election official records which party’s ballot you choose.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Be age 18 or older on or before the next election
Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen
Residency: Be an Arkansas resident
Mental Competency: Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Felony Convictions: Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.
ID Requirements: To register you must provide one of the following:
-A driver's license number
-The last 4 digits of your social security number;
If you do not have a valid Arkansas driver’s license number or social security number, in order to avoid the additional identification requirements upon voting for the first time you must submit with the mailed registration form:
- a current and valid photo identification; or
- a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Request an application through the mail (USPS)
-County Clerk's office
-The Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division: 1-800-482-1127.
-Local revenue or DMV office.
-Military recruitment office.
By mail: Download and print Voter Registration form (english and spanish) and send it to your County Clerk's office
Phone: Call your county clerk
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Arkansas Voting Registration Verification
Phone: Contact your County Clerk's office
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day
- You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability
- You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member and are away from your polling location due to the member's active duty status
- A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In person: To request an Application for Absentee Ballot, please contact the County Clerk in your county of residence.
By mail: download and print an absentee ballot request form and sent it to your County Clerk. You can also contact the County Clerk in your county of residence.
Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters may request an absentee ballot. Eligible voters can be sent their ballot electronically to print and mail in. Find more information about eligibility and the process here.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline
In Person: by close of business the day BEFORE the election
By Designated Bearer or Administrator: by close of business the day BEFORE the election (Designated Bearer is anyone you choose to pick up or deliver your application or ballot)
By Mail: received at clerk’s office by 7 days before the election
By Authorized Agent: by 1:30 p.m. ON election day. (The authorized agent must file with the County Clerk an affidavit from the administrative head of a hospital or nursing home located in this state verifying that the applicant is a patient of the hospital or long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state and is thereby unable to vote on the election day at his or her regular polling site.)
Absentee Ballot Pickup Deadline
By Designated Bearers: no earlier than 15 days before a preferential primary election, general election, school election or special election and no earlier than 7 days before a runoff election.
By Anyone Else: no deadline specified in Arkansas law. You should base your ballot pick up on the ability to return it to the County Clerk on time.
Deadline for Delivery of Voted Ballot to County Clerk
In Person: by close of business the day BEFORE the election
By Designated Bearer: by 7:30 pm ON election day
By Mail: received at clerk's office by 7:30 pm ON election day
You may NOT fax or email a ballot. UOCAVA voters must vote their ballot by Election Day, and it must be received by their county clerk by 5pm. 10 days after the election.
By authorized Agent: by 7:30pm ON election day.
Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may early vote during the 7 or 15 days prior to Election Day. In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. In counties with off-site early voting (a location other than the county clerk’s office), local newspapers will publish the designated sites.
Click here for more information.
Deciding how to vote: https://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Arkansas Polling Place Locator
Problems with voting: Arkansas does not provide a HAVA complaint form.
Contact your county clerk with voting issues and problems.
Verifying provisional ballot status: If a provisional ballot is cast, the election official shall provide the voter with written instructions on how to determine whether or not the provisional vote was counted, and, if not, the reason the vote was not counted. (In most cases, the election commission will mail a notice to the voter.)
Verifying absentee ballot status: Arkansas Absentee Ballot Verification
ID Requirements: If you did not submit the required I.D. with your voter registration application, you may be required to show I.D. to vote a regular ballot. Types of additional I.D., which must show the name and address of the voter, include:
-a current and valid photo I.D.
-a current utility bill
-paycheck or other government document.
If you don’t present the necessary identification, the election official will instruct you on voting a Provisional Ballot.
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