Registration Deadline: 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. If you submit your application close to an election registration deadline, you are strongly advised to follow up on your registration status with your county clerk before Election Day.
Party Affiliation: Open primaries (party registration not required), but when runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 before or on election day
Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen
Residency: Be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vote).
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.
ID Requirements: To register you must have one of the following:
-A driver's license number
-A social security number;
-A copy of current and valid photo identification;
-A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address.
-Another government document that shows your name and address
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Voter Registration form found online in printable format in english and spanish
- County Clerk's office
- State Revenue Office, Driver Services
- Public library or Arkansas State Library
- Public assistance agency
- Disability agency
- Military recruitment office
- Arkansas National Guard
- Or a valid voter registration drive
By mail/ in writing:
Obtain a voter registration form from the following and mail it to your county clerk's office
- Your County Clerk's Office
- Secretary of State Elections Division, 1-800-247-3312
- Arkansas Secretary of State Website
Other Voter Registration Application Information: Secretary of State Elections Division, 1-800-247-3312
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Arkansas Voter Registration Verification
Phone: Call your county clerk after two weeks and inquire about the status of your application.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
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 U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member, OR
- A U.S. citizen domiciled in Arkansas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Arkansas provides an online Absentee ballot request form
In person: To request an Application for Absentee Ballot, please contact the County Clerk in your county of residence (i.e., the county in which you are registered to vote)
By mail: To request an Application for Absentee Ballot, please contact the County Clerk in your county of residence (i.e., the county in which you are registered to vote)
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.
Other absentee ballot application information:
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 Electronic Means: must be received 7 days before the election.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: In-person completed ballots must be turned in by the close of business the day before the election to your local county clerk. If delivered by a designated bearer or an authorized agent, the completed ballots must be turned in by 7:30 p.m. on election day. Mailed completed absentee ballots must be received by the clerk's office by 7:30 p.m. on election day. Ballots may not be faxed. Uniformed and overseas citizens must vote their ballot by election day, and it must be received by their county clerk by 10 days after the election.
Early voting qualifications: There are no qualifications or registrations necessary to vote early, below are some guidelines
- 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.
- During a preferential primary or a general election, early voting is available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, ending at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Off-site early voting hours may vary by county; watch your local newspaper or contact your county clerk for information.
- During all other elections, early voting is available during your county clerk’s regular office hours.
- If your name or address has changed, you may update your information at the early voting site.
Verifying Registration: Arkansas Voting Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Employer shall schedule sufficient time on election days so that employees may vote. This time varies by location.
Polling Place: Arkansas Polling Place Locator
If you are registering to vote by mail:
You must provide either your drivers's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or check the box in #7 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Secuirty Number.
If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting:
-Current and valid photo identification
-A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address,
-Another government document that shows your name and address
How to Vote:
-Optical Scan Computer Counted Paper Ballots
-Direct Recording Electronic (DRE)
Getting your vote counted:Avoid an overvote ballot. An overvote is a ballot marked with more than one choice for the same question, such as two candidates in the same race. Overvotes cannot be counted, so it’s important to make sure you don’t make that mistake. If you vote on a paper ballot (absentee or optical scan ballots), check your choices very carefully to make sure they’re marked correctly. If you make a mistake, simply ask an election official for a new ballot before you drop yours in the ballot box. Electronic voting machines will automatically prevent overvotes, but it’s still important to double check your responses.
Problems with voting: Arkansas does not provide a HAVA complaint form. Contact your county clerk with voting issues and problems.
Verifying provisional ballot status: If a provisional ballot is cast, the election official shall provide the voter with written instructions on how to determine whether or not the provisional vote was counted, and, if not, the reason the vote was not counted. (In most cases, the election commission will mail a notice to the voter.)
Verifying absentee ballot status: Arkansas Absentee Ballot Verification
For more information: Arkansas Voting 101