Arkansas Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in Arkansas
To register to vote in the State of Arkansas, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vote).
- Be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election.
- Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.
- Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
How Do I Register To Vote in Arkansas
You must submit your application to an official voter registration agency or mail it no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote.
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
You must mail your application to an official voter registration agency no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date.
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Your precinct is determined by where you live and the polling site is assigned by your county election commission.
Most local newspapers publish a list of polling sites within a few days of an election.
If you received a Voter ID card from your county clerk, it may show your precinct.
You can also find your location online at www.voterview.org.
ID requested; photo not required
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Arkansas
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries
What to Expect When Voting
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.
Click here for additional information
Who Can Vote Absentee in Arkansas
To receive an absentee ballot, you need to request to have an absentee ballot application sent to
you by contacting your County Clerk (click here) in the county where you are registered to vote.
You may also download an absentee ballot application (click here).
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, OR
- You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or
physical disability, OR
- You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or
a dependant family member and are away from your polling location due to the member's active duty status, OR
- A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial
limits of the United States.
Deadline for Submission of Application:
- 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 or by Electronic Means: 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.
Deadline for Ballot Pickup:
- 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 p.m. ON election day
- By Mail: received at clerks office by 7:30 p.m. 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 5:00p.m.
10 days after the election.
What If My Address Has Changed
I have moved twice in the last few years to different counties in Arkansas, but never transferred my previous voter registrations. How can I transfer my name from the old voter rolls and move my registration to my new county of residence?
- In Arkansas, moving across county lines requires transferring the registration to the new county. Be sure to submit your updated registration to the county clerk in your new county no later than four days before a scheduled election so you can vote there. If your application arrives less than four days before an election, you will not be eligible to vote in your new county for that election. (Act 556 of 2007)
- Periodically, counties will mail notices to voters who have not voted in several elections in order to update voter rolls. If you receive such a notice, it is important that you mark your correct address and return the card to the county clerk so that your registration can be updated.
- At School. Students can establish residency in Arkansas if they have a present intention to remain at their Arkansas school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home. Any other interpretation of the residency law is unconstitutional. In order to vote at your school address, you must not currently intend to return to live in another county or state and you must ensure that your voter registration is up to date with your current school address.
- Voting in Arkansas may be considered a declaration of residency, potentially making you subject to other laws that govern state residents.
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