Registration Deadline: To qualify to vote in the next election, you must apply to register to vote 30 days before the election. If you mail this form, it must be postmarked by that date. You may also present it to a voter registration agency representative by that date.
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).
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
Mental Competency: Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent 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 provide one of the following:
- A driver's license number
- The last 4 digits of your social security number;
If you do not have either of these, check box #9 on the application. 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, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address,
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
- State Revenue Office, Driver Services
- Public library or Arkansas State Library
- Public assistance agency
- Disability agency
- Military recruitment office
- Arkansas National Guard
- 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
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 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, OR
- A U.S. citizen whose residence is 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.
By mail: To request an Application for Absentee Ballot, please contact the County Clerk in your county of residence.
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
In Person: by close of business the day BEFORE the election
By Designated Bearer or Administrator: by 7:30 pm ON election day
(Designated Bearer is anyone you choose to pick up or deliver your application or ballot)
By Mail: received at clerk’s 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.
By authorized Agent: by 7:30pm ON election day.
Verifying Registration: Arkansas Voting Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Arkansas Polling Place Locator
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