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VOTER REGISTRATION


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.


According to Arkansas law, voters are now required to verify his or her voter registration.


If the voter is unable to verify their registration, they have the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. Under this circumstance, the voter has until 12:00 noon on the first Monday following the election to provide proper identification.


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


(a) Shows the name of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued;


(b) Shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued;


(c) Is issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas; and


(d) 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 handgun carry license; A United States passport; An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary 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.


Provisional Voting


Voters unable to verify registration when voting in person shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots cast in this manner will be counted if:


(a) The voter completes a sworn statement at the polling site stating that the voter is registered to vote in this state and that he or she is the person registered to vote, 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, or


(b) 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.


Military and Overseas Voters


Click on this link


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Voter Registration form found online in printable format in english and spanish


In person:


  - County Clerk's office


  - State Revenue Office, Driver Services


  - Public library


  - Disability agency


  - Military recruitment office


By mail:


Request an application through the mail (USPS).


Phone: Call your county clerk


 


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, 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


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: 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 p.m. ON election day


By Mail: received at clerks 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.


 


Other Links


Verifying Registration: Arkansas Voting Registration Verification


Deciding how to vote: https://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

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