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Voter Registration: Arkansas

VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: To qualify to vote in the next election, you must apply to register to vote 30 days before the election. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date. You may also apply in person with your county clerk.



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. If you have moved from one county to another within Arkansas, you must update this information with the county clerk no later than 4 days prior to Election Day via a Voter Registration Application. You must register to vote wherever you actually “live or reside.” Owning property or a business in a county does not constitute residency there.


Mental Competency: Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.


Felony Convictions: Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Request an application through the mail (USPS)


In person:
- County Clerk's office
-The Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division: 1-800-482-1127.
-Local revenue or DMV office.
-Public library.
-Disability agency.
-Military recruitment office.


By mail: Download and print Voter Registration form (english and spanish) and send it to your County Clerk's office 


If you are registering to vote by mail: You must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or check the box in #9 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number.





VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Once your local county clerk has processed your Voter Registration Application, he/she will send you a personalized voter registration card. This could take up to several weeks.


Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received your voter registration card from the county clerk.


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. 



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 or by Electronic Means: 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.




EARLY VOTING


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.


 


VOTING ON ELECTION DAY


Vote at your poll on Election Day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


An election official will ask you to state your name, address and date of birth.


The election official will request for you to provide an approved form of I.D.


If you registered by mail after January 1, 2003, and 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.or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document.


You will go alone to a voting booth and mark your ballot. You are allowed 5 minutes to vote.


VOTER ID


Each voter shall verify his or her registration when voting by presenting a document or identification card that:


1.Shows the name of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued;


2.Shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued;


3.Is issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas; and


4.If displaying an expiration date, is not expired or expired no more than four (4) years before the date of the election in which the voter seeks to vote.


Documents and identification cards that will be accepted as verification of voter registration include without limitation: A driver’s license; A photo identification card; A concealed hand-gun carry license; A United States passport; An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecond-ary education institution in the State of Arkansas; A United States military identification document; A public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued; A voter verification card as provided under Ark. Code § 7-5-324.



For more information click here


 


PROVISIONAL VOTING


If you registered to vote but your name does not appear on the precinct voter registration list, or if you are unable to comply with identification requirements, you have the right to cast a Provisional Ballot after signing an affirmation that you are a registered voter in the county and are eligible to vote in that election.


If your vote is challenged by a poll watcher,you have the right to cast a Provisional Ballot that will be set aside by the election officials in a special envelope until the election commission determines whether the ballot may be counted.


If you cast a Provisional Ballot, you have the right to be informed in writing of whether or not your ballot was counted and, if not, the reason it was not counted.


For more information click here


 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Deciding how to vote: https://www.votesmart.org/


Polling Place: Arkansas Polling Place Locator


Problems with voting: Contact your county clerk with voting issues and problems. 


Verifying absentee ballot status: Arkansas Absentee Ballot Verification

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