ARKANSAS ELECTION INFORMATION

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2018 General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. 

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Election Day: Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Central Time on Election Day.

Early Voting: Early voting begins at 8:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, October 22, 2018. Early voting is then available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Early voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018.

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How to Find Your Polling Place on Election Day: Visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s voter view website to find your polling location at https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/Home.do.

Early Voting Locations: In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. Some counties may choose to conduct off-site early voting (a location other than the county clerk’s office), and local newspapers regularly publish the designated sites. Voters can contact their county clerk’s office to confirm their early voting location.  The location of all Arkansas county clerks’ offices and their contact information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website or at https://www.arcounties.org/counties/.

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Registration Deadlines: You must register to vote 30 days prior to the General Election. The deadline to register for this year’s General Election was Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

How to Check Your Registration: Use Arkansas’s voter view website (https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/Home.do) or call (1-866-OUR-VOTE).

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register to vote in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days before the first election in which you will vote);
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Not be barred from voting due to a felony conviction (if your felony conviction has been discharged or pardoned, you are eligible to vote);
  • Not have been adjudged as mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.

How to Register: Arkansas residents may register to vote in person or by mail.

Register to Vote in Person

You can fill out an application to register to vote at your local:

  • County clerk’s office in your home county;
  • Driver Services or State Revenue Office;
  • Public library or Arkansas State Library;
  • Public assistance agency;
  • Disability agency;
  • Military recruitment office;
  • Arkansas National Guard office;
  • Voter registration drive.

Register to Vote by Mail

In order to register to vote by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • Picking up a form from any of the locations where you can register to vote in person (listed above) and then mailing it in;
  • Contacting your county clerk’s office to request that they mail you a form;
  • Requesting the form to be mailed to you through the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website;
  • Printing the form, which is available on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website in English or Spanish, and mailing it in;
  • Calling the Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division at (1-800-247-3312) to request that they mail you a form.

Identification Required for Registration

You must provide some form of identification to register. You may provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or you should check the box on the application to indicate that you possess neither.

If you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number, you should submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application, or bring the documents with you at the time of voting:

  • Current and valid photo identification (especially one that has your address listed – some County Clerks require the ID to have an address);
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address; or
  • Other government document that shows your name and address.

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If You Want to Vote Early

Early voting begins at 8:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, October 22, 2018. Early voting is then available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Early voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018.

In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. Some counties may choose to conduct off-site early voting (a location other than the county clerk’s office), and local newspapers regularly publish the designated sites. Voters can contact their county clerk’s office to confirm their early voting location.  The location of all Arkansas county clerks’ offices and their contact information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website or at or at https://www.arcounties.org/counties/.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

You may cast an absent ballot if you:

  • Will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day;
  • Will be unable to attend your polling site on Election Day due to illness or physical disability;
  • Reside in a long-term care or residential facility licensed by the state;
  • Are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse of a dependent family member and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status;
  • Are a United States citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the U.S.

To receive an absentee ballot, you can either pick up an absentee ballot application from your county clerk or request to have one sent to you by contacting your county clerk’s office in the county where you are registered to vote.  You can also download an absentee ballot application directly from the Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/Absentee_Ballot_Application.pdf. When you submit your application for an absentee ballot, you may designate how you wish to receive your ballot—whether in person, by mail, or by designated bearer. Overseas military and civilians can opt to receive their absentee ballot by e-mail.

Absentee Voting Rules and Deadlines

Deadlines for Submission of Absentee Voting Application:

  • In person: by close of business the day before the election—Monday, November 5, 2018
  • By mail or electronic means: received seven days before the election—Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • By designated bearer or administrator: by close of business the day before the election—Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 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 Arkansas 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 Election Day at their regular polling site.

Deadlines for Ballot Pickup & Delivery of Voted Ballot to County Clerk:

  • In person: Ballots must be delivered by close of regular business the day before the election—Monday, November 5, 2018.
  • By mail: Ballots must be delivered by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day—Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
  • By designated bearer: Ballots may be picked up no earlier than 15 days before the election—Monday, October 22. Ballots must be delivered by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day—Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
  • By authorized agent: Ballots must be delivered by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day—Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Yes, but the voter will have to vote a provisional ballot and show ID at later time for their vote to be counted. Under Arkansas’s new photo ID law, Arkansas poll workers are required to ask that voters present a photo ID card when casting their ballot at the polls.  This ID 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 the voter’s county clerk for any voter who does not have another ID valid for voting. The ID card must not be expired for more than four (4) years on election day. IDs that meet the requirements include a driver’s license, a photo identification card, a concealed carry handgun permit, a U.S. Passport, a student ID or employee badge from an accredited postsecondary institution, a military ID, a voter verification card, or a public assistance ID that shows a photo of the cardholder.

NOTE: The ID should NOT be required to have an exact name or an address match, as the law does not state that this is required.

Voters can sign the voter’s statement swearing that they are the voter and the ballot will satisfy the ID law.  However, the ballots are provisional and are subject to not being counted for some other non-voter ID reason.

VoteRiders has created Arkansas voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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Moving within the Same County

When you move within the same county in Arkansas, you should update your registration information with the county clerk. If you fail to update your information prior to Election Day, you can still vote at the polling site for your new address. The voter should complete the change of address portion of a voter registration application. They will also sign the back of the poll book but are to be given a regular ballot if they have moved within the same county. The election officials should contact the county clerk to confirm that you are a registered voter within the county and that your new address corresponds to the polling site, and once this is confirmed, you may cast a regular ballot after filling out an updated voter registration application form there.

If the election official cannot confirm your registration in the county, you are entitled to cast a provisional ballot regardless of whether your name appears on the polling site’s voter registration list. As part of the provisional ballot, you will be asked to sign a statement affirming your eligibility to vote. The election official is then required to provide you with written instructions on how to determine whether your provisional vote is counted or, if not, the reason the vote was not counted.

In those counties with electronic voting centers, you should be permitted to vote at any polling site within the county.

Moving Between Counties

Moving across county lines in Arkansas requires transferring your voter registration to the new county. You should submit your updated registration to the county clerk in your new county no later than four days before the election—Friday, November 2, 2018. If you forget to transfer your registration from another county or if your application arrives in the new county less than four days before the election, you can ask to cast a provisional ballot in the new county; your provisional ballot is unlikely to count in the new county if you have waited until four or fewer days before the election to change your address.

Caution: Submitting an address change from one county to another county within four days of the election would render the voter ineligible for that election.  Voters should make sure they update their address early if they want to vote in their new county.

The county clerks’ listing can be found on the Arkansas Association of Counties website https://www.arcounties.org/counties/

Refer to the table below for the location specific information.

If a voter’s registration status cannot be verified, for whatever reason, they have the right to fill out an “Eligibility Affirmation” and cast a provisional ballot.

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Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can register using the standard procedure for registration, listed above, or they can submit the Military and Overseas Request Form on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website to request that an application be sent by regular mail or email. UOCAVA voters can also use the Federal Post Card Application to register to vote. UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot by calling (1-800-274-VOTE).

UOCAVA voters should ensure that they register to vote thirty days prior to the General Election—Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

To request an absentee ballot, UOCAVA voters may submit the Arkansas application or use the Federal Post Card Application. You should try to complete your absentee ballot request as soon as possible so that your ballot will be sent to you in time for you to mark it and return it to your county clerk.

UOCAVA voters may also request that an absentee ballot be sent to them by either mail or by electronic means. The ballot delivery system “Ballot Safe” will be used in 2018 to allow UOCAVA voters to receive their absentee ballot through a secure online website. After a qualified voter has requested an absentee ballot, the voter will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to log into the secure site. The voter will download the ballot and other necessary documents, such as a Voter Statement, instructions and envelope templates. The ballot should be marked before the polls close in Arkansas on Election Day. Ballots from UOCAVA voters must be received no later than ten days after the election. The deadline for the General Election is 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2018.

After the ballot is mailed, the voter can check back on the secure site to track the status of the ballot and confirm when their county clerk has received it.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use the FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 7 days before the general election—Tuesday, October 30, 2018. If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you should use the FWAB. For specific instructions, visit the Arkansas-specific FWAB page.

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Your right to vote is only affected if you have been convicted of a felony. Charges do not affect your right to vote. Misdemeanors do not affect your right to vote.

If you have been convicted of a felony in Arkansas, you can vote if you are not currently incarcerated or on probation or on parole and you’ve paid all of your fees, fines and costs. To restore your right to vote, you must take proof of your discharge and proof that you have paid all probation or parole fees, court costs, fines, or restitution to your local county clerk. It is recommended that you collect these records at the time of your discharge or as soon as possible thereafter and retain copies of these records as they may be increasingly difficult to obtain as time goes by. Once your local county clerk has received this proof, you are eligible to register to vote.

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