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Voter Registration Information

Voter Registration Information *

How Do I Register to Vote?

  • You must fill out a paper Voter Registration Application.

Where May I Obtain a Voter Registration Application?

How Do I Know I’m Registered?

  • 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.
  • Feel free to call your county clerk and inquire about the status of your application.
  • You may also check your voter registration status online by visiting www.voterview.org

What if I Own Property in Another County?

  • You must register to vote wherever you actually “live or reside.” Owning property or a business in a county does not constitute residency there.

Registration Requirements

To register to vote in the State of Arkansas, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an Arkansas resident.
  • Be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election.
  • Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.
  • Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Identification Requirements

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.

Pursuant to Act 633 of 2017: Verification of Voter Registration Requirements

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.

Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 51, § 13(b)(1)(A)

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.

Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 51, § 13(b)(1)(B)

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.

Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 51, § 13(b)(2)(B)

Provisional Voting for Voters Unable to Verify Registration

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.

Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 51, § 13(b)(1)(B)

Registration Deadlines

  • You must submit your application to an official voter registration agency or mail it no later than 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 completed your application at a voter registration drive, the organizers must submit it to the county clerk or Secretary of State’s office within 21 days of the date on the application or no later than 30 days prior to the next election.
  • 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.
  • If an election deadline is looming, there is one method of application that will ensure your eligibility: apply in person with your county clerk.
  • If you have not received verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration BEFORE Election Day.
  • 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.

Information for Military Voters

You may register to vote in the office of the county clerk in the county in which you reside or you may register using the mail registration form. Federal Law requires that a single Federal Post Card Application (FPCA SF-76) simultaneously serves all states and territories as both a registration form and application for absentee ballot.

Military personnel may contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) or their Voting Assistance Officer for further information or to obtain a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Call 1-800-438-8683 or e-mail the program at vote@fvap.ncr.gov or visit the website at www.fvap.gov.

For more information, see the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Military Voting information page.

*This information is taken directly from the Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston's page (https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/absentee-voting)

Voting in Arkansas

Early voting:  Oct 19, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020

Who can vote in the state of Arkansas?

To be eligible to vote:

  • You must be an U.S. citizen and an Arkansas resident.
  • You must be age 18 before the next election within the county.
  • You must not presently be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony without your sentence discharged or pardoned.
  • You must not claim the right to vote in another county or state.

 

When is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline is 30 days before the scheduled election. For the November 3, 2020 election, the deadline was October 5th.

 

How do I check my voter registration?

The quickest and easiest way to check your registration is to visit the Voter View website at https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do.

 

When can I vote?

November 3, 2020 is Election Day; but you may vote early beginning October 19, 2020.

 

Where can I find more information on voting?

Visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website on elections at http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections.html. The website contains information on voting, a listing of every Arkansas candidate, voting and election rules and guidelines.

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting*

To receive an absentee ballot, you need to request to have an absentee ballot application sent to you by contacting your County Clerk (click here) in the county where you are registered to vote. You may also download an absentee ballot application (click here).

Absentee Voting as it Relates to the Covid-19 Pandemic

CLICK HERE to view the State Board of Election Commissioners’ resolution regarding absentee voting as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Qualifications

To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:
Note: On your application you may designate how you wish to receive your ballot: by picking it up in person, by mail, or bearer. UOCAVA voters have an additional delivery option for their absentee ballot (click here).
Please contact your Arkansas County Clerk with any questions about the absentee voting process. You can find your clerk here.

  • 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 dependant 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 is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

Deadline for Submission of Application:

 

  • 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: 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.

Deadline for Ballot Pickup:

 

  • 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 7:30 p.m. ON election day

Questions

You can also contact the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office with any questions or concerns at voterservices@sos.arkansas.gov.

Absentee Ballot Application

*This information is taken directly from the Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston's page (https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/absentee-voting)