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Voting in Arkansas

Steps to VotE

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REGISTER TO VOTE

To register to vote in Arkansas, you must submit an application postmarked by October 5th, 2020. Be sure to update your registration if you have recently moved or changed your name. 

 

Check Your Registration 

You can check your voter registration information at VoterView.

Register to Vote

Print and fill out the voter registration application in English or Spanish. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can pick up an application at your local county clerk’s office, the DMV, public library, disability agency, or a military recruitment office. 

  • Identification requirement when registering to vote by mail: In box #9 of the application, you must provide your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, or check the box indicating you have neither.

  • If you do not possess a driver’s license or a Social Security number, you should submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application: 1) a current and valid photo identification, or 2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address, or 3) other government document that shows your name and address. 

  • Mail in your application with a postmark before October 5th, 2020. The preprinted address is located on the voter registration application. 

  • Once your local county clerk has processed your application, they will send you a voter registration card. You are not legally registered until the county clerk records your registration and you have received your voter registration card. You can call your county clerk to inquire about the status of your application or check your status online here

 

Did You Know?

Arkansas utilizes open primaries for congressional and state-level elections, which means you don’t have to register with a particular party.

Register to vote by October 5th to be eligible on November 3rd!

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MAKE A PLAN

 

Research the Candidates

  1. Visit https://www.vote411.org/ to learn which candidates are running for office in your community and where they stand on the issues. Information will be posted closer to election dates.

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Decide How and When to Vote

In-Person Voting

Early Voting → October 19 through November 2

  • Early voting hours will be Monday through Friday from 8AM to 6PM, 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, and 8AM to 5PM on the Monday before the election. 

  • You can check with your County Clerk or online at VoterView to find a polling place near you. 

General Election Day → November 3 

  • Voting hours on Election Day will be from 7:30AM to 7:30PM. 

  • You can check with your County Clerk or online at VoterView to find a polling place near you. 

Absentee Ballot

  • You can vote absentee if 1) you will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election day, 2) you will be unable to attend your polling site due to illness or physical disability, 3) you are a member of the U.S. armed forces, merchant marines, or the spouse or a dependent family member, or 4) you are a U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Arkansas but who is temporarily living outside the United States. According to a statement by the Governor, COVID-19 is a valid reason to request an absentee ballot; simply check the box on the application stating, “You will be unavoidably absent from your polling place on Election Day.” 

  • To obtain an absentee ballot application, you can contact your County Clerk or download one here. The application can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to you. You can also pick one up in person. 

  • You will need to include a Voter Statement, your marked ballot, and a copy of a valid photo ID.

Important Deadlines

Deadline for Submitting an Application

In person by you → By close of business the day before the election 

By designated bearer or administrator → By close of business the day before the election

By mail, email, or fax → 7 days before the election

By authorized agent → By 1:30PM on Election Day

  • The authorized agent must file an affidavit with the County Clerk to verify that the applicant is a patient of the hospital or long-term care facility or residential care facility licensed by the state and unable to vote on Election Day at their regular polling site. 

Deadline for Ballot Pickup

By designated bearers → No earlier than 15 days before an election and no more than 7 days before a runoff election

By anyone else: No deadline specified, but you should base your ballot pick up on your ability to return it to the County Clerk on time. 

Deadline to Return Your Completed Absentee Ballot

In person by you → By close of business the day before the election

By mail, designated bearer, authorized agent, or administrator →

By 7:30PM on Election Day

IMPORTANT: Three stamps are required to mail in your absentee ballot. 

Check out this video from Young Democrats of Arkansas President Blake Ross to get the fast facts on absentee voting.

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Mail in your completed ballot by October 27th!

CAST YOUR BALLOT

What to Expect When Voting

Voters must verify their registration by showing a photo ID. Without an ID, you will be permitted to cast a Provisional Ballot. 

  • The photo ID card must show the voter’s name and photo, and must be issued by either the state or federal government. A free voter verification card is available through the Secretary of State’s office or your County Clerk for any voter who does not have another valid photo ID for voting. 

  • A provisional ballot is cast by a voter whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polls. The provisional ballot will be counted if the voter returns with valid identification or the board of election commissions determines that the ballot is valid.

Did You Know?

In Arkansas you can vote at any polling station in your county; you must bring a photo ID in order to guarantee your vote will be counted. You can check with your County Clerk or online at VoterView to find a polling place near you.

 

Provisional Ballot

You may have to vote by Provisional Ballot if: 

  • Your name does not appear on the precinct voter registration list; 

  • You are unable to comply with the requirements to verify your voter registration;

  • You are unable to comply with ID requirements for mail-in registrants when registering to vote;

  • The precinct voter registration list indicates that you requested an absentee ballot or voted early during early voting; or

  • Your vote is challenged by a registered poll watcher 

 

How to cast a Provisional Ballot: 

  1. An election official will complete a Challenged Ballot Form and give the voter a ballot. 

  2. The voter will mark the ballot, place it in the Provisional Ballot Envelope, and seal it. The sealed Provisional Ballot Envelope will be placed in the Provisional Voter Envelope with the Challenged Ballot Form, the Voter Affirmation, and the Verification of Identity Affirmation.

  3. The election official will keep the Provisional Voter Envelope separate from the regular ballots until the county board of election commissioners determines whether the vote is valid. 

  4. For more information, please refer to this Voting 101 Guide.

 

Your rights when casting a Provisional Ballot

  • Even if your name does not appear on the precinct voter registration list and the poll workers cannot verify that you are a registered voter in that precinct, you have the right to cast a Provisional Ballot. 

  • Poll watchers may not: speak with you, challenge your ballot in bad faith, be within six feet of the voting area, disrupt the election, or electioneer within 100 feet of the main entrance of the polling site. 

  • The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires each state or local elections official to establish a “Free Access System” (e.g. a toll-free number for voters to call or an internet website that voters can access free of charge) to be informed whether or not their Provisional Ballot was counted, and if it was not counted, the reason why. 

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