Arkansas

Upcoming Elections

2022-07-10 – Registration Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Sun Jul 10, 2022

2022-07-10 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Sun Jul 10, 2022

2022-07-25 – Early Voting Starts

Mon Jul 25, 2022 8:00AM CDT

2022-08-02 – Ballot Request Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Tue Aug 2, 2022

2022-08-02 – Ballot Request Deadline (Email by)

Email by Tue Aug 2, 2022

2022-08-05 – Ballot Request Deadline (In-Person Request by)

In-Person Request by Fri Aug 5, 2022

2022-08-08 – Ballot Return Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Mon Aug 8, 2022

2022-08-08 – Early Voting Ends

Mon Aug 8, 2022 5:00PM CDT

2022-08-09 – Ballot Return Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 7:30PM CDT

2022-08-09 – Ballot Return Deadline (Delivered by Authorized Proxy)

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Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Arkansas

When You Can Vote

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

Primary Election Early Voting: Early voting is 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. Your county may have extended hours; check with your county clerk to find out.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place on Election Day: Visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s voter view website to find your polling location: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/. You may need to pull up your sample ballot on this page to find your polling place. Most local newspapers publish a list of polling sites within a few days of an election. Additionally, if you received a Voter ID card from the county clerk, it may show the voter’s precinct.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 will publish the designated sites. Early voting polling sites can also be found at https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/. 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 at: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Arkansas if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Arkansas
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Arkansas if:

  • You have been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

For further information, please see US Vote’s [Arkansas Ex-offender and Misdemeanor Voting Rights](https://www.usvotefoundation.org/ex-off-voting-rights/arkansas/) page.

How to register 

  • Arkansas Municipal Primary Election
    • Submit a Printed Application: Postmarked by Sun Jul 10, 2022
    • In-Person, Received by Sun Jul 10, 2022

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:

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.

  • 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 
  • Other government document that shows your name and address
Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Arkansas Municipal Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Post received by Tue Aug 2, 2022
  • In-Person Request by Fri Aug 5, 2022
  • Email by Tue Aug 2, 2022

Ballot Return:

  • Post received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 7:30PM CDT
  • In-Person, Received by Mon Aug 8, 2022
  • Delivered by Authorized Person to Election Office by

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Mon Jul 25, 2022 8:00AM CDT to Mon Aug 8, 2022 5:00PM CDT

Your county may have extended hours; check with your county clerk to find out.

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 at https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Arkansas’s permanent absentee voting regime:

You may cast an absentee 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;
    • Currently, as a result of COVID-19, any voter who feel they will be unable to attend the poll on election day due to concern over COVID-19, may request and submit an absentee ballot.  Voters may want to confirm that this has not changed prior to requesting absentee ballot
  • 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 member of the Arkansas National Guard who is on state active duty and absent from the county on Election Day;
  • 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.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Arkansas you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Arkansas Driver’s License Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration. If you do not have an Arkansas Driver’s License, Arkansas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to [VoteRiders.org](www.voteriders.org)

Voting In-Person

In Arkansas, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid Arkansas Driver’s License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Valid Student ID from State School

If you do not have an Arkansas Driver’s License, Arkansas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to [VoteRiders.org]

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Arkansas poll workers are required to request that voters present an approved form of ID. 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 before the date of the election. 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 in the State of Arkansas, a military ID, a voter verification card, or a public assistance ID that shows a photo of the cardholder.

A person who is a resident of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state of Arkansas is not required to verify his or her registration by presenting a document or identification card as described above when voting in person, but must provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.

Voters unable to present photo ID when voting in person are permitted to cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if the voter returns to the county board of election commissioners or the county clerk by 12:00 noon on the Monday following the election and presents a document or identification card meeting the requirements described above, and the county board of election commissioners does not determine that the provisional ballot is invalid and should not be counted based on other grounds.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County

If you move to a new address within your current voting precinct, you have the right to vote in that precinct after completing a change-of-address form. When you move to a new address within the same county in Arkansas but outside the precinct where you’re registered, you have the right to vote at your new precinct and fill out a change-of-address form there. 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 the updated voter registration application form there. You’ll be asked to sign the back of the poll book. 

If the election official cannot confirm your registration in the county and your name does not appear on the voter list at the precinct, you are still entitled to cast a provisional ballot after you affirm you are a registered voter and qualified to vote at that election. 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 must submit your updated registration to the county clerk in your new county no later than four days before the election otherwise, you will not be eligible to vote in your new county for the election. You can do so by completing a Voter Registration Application, checking the box for “This is an address change” and completing the bottom half of the form.

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

See below for the location specific information. 

  • Moved within the same precinct: The voter should vote at the polling place associated with their new address (which should be the same polling place as for the old address). To find the polling place, see the Arkansas “Voter View” website from Question 2.   Poll workers may call the County Clerk’s office to confirm that the new address is in the same precinct.  If it is, the voter will fill out a change-of-address form to update his or her address and vote on a regular ballot.
  • Moved to a different precinct but within the same county: If the voter has not updated their address within the county, she or he will still be able to cast a regular ballot at the polling place associated with the new address. Election officials may seek to confirm the voter’s registration status with the county clerk and that the voter’s new address corresponds to the polling site, and the voter should fill out the updated voter registration application form before obtaining their ballot to vote. If the voter initially went to the polling place for his old address, he will have to travel to the polling place for the new address to vote.
  • Moved to a different county: If a voter moves across county lines, the voter is required to transfer their voter registration to the new county. The voter is required to submit their updated registration to the county clerk in their new county no later than 4 days before a scheduled election. If the application arrives less than four days before an election, the voter will not be eligible to vote in their new county for that election. The voter can go to the new polling site in the new county and complete the change of address portion of a voter registration application, BUT the voter will be given a provisional ballot and it is NOT likely to count in the new county IF the change is made within four days of an election.

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.

If You Are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

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 (1-800-438-VOTE).

UOCAVA voters should ensure that they register to vote 30 days prior to the General Election—Monday, April 25, 2022.

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 again in 2022 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 10 days after the election.  The deadline for the General Election is 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2022.

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 who did not receive his or her regular ballot.  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. If you complete the Federal Write-In Ballot and later receive a standard ballot, you should complete the standard ballot, as well.  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 7 days before the election—Tuesday, October 27, 2020.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you should use the FWAB.   For specific instructions, visit the Arkansas-specific FWAB page.  

If You Have a Felony Conviction

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. 
A person who is in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony cannot register or vote. A person with a felony conviction may regain the right to vote after obtaining a pardon from the governor or after discharging a sentence. To restore your right to vote, you must take proof of your discharge from probation or parole and proof that you have paid all probation or parole fees, court costs, fines, or restitution and satisfied all terms of imprisonment 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 deemed eligible to register to vote.

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