Arkansas Voting Requirements & Information

U.S. Vote Foundation’s Arkansas Voting Requirements and Information directory informs you of Arkansas voting rules and options. It focuses on Arkansas-specific voting guidelines and information for all voters, including domestic, overseas, and military voters. Here you can find out about Arkansas voter eligibility, voter ID requirements, registration, absentee and early voting options, ways to transmit voting documents and links to specific-Arkansas voting tools. It's an all-in-one Arkansas voting resource.

Upcoming Election Dates & Deadlines

Arkansas Federal and State Elections

Tue Mar 5, 2024 - Arkansas Presidential Primary

Voter Registration Deadline

Mon Feb 5, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Email or Fax by
    Tue Feb 27, 2024
  • Post Received by
    Tue Feb 27, 2024
  • In-Person, Received by
    Fri Mar 1, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

  • In-Person, Received by
    Fri Mar 1, 2024
  • Post Received by
    Tue Mar 5, 2024 7:30PM CST

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
From Tue Feb 20, 2024 to Mon Mar 4, 2024

Early Voting is between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday. Early voting ends at 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the election.

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • at the county clerk’s office in your home county
  • at a State Revenue Office, Driver Services
  • at a public library or Arkansas state library
  • at a public assistance or disability agency
  • at a military recruitment office
  • at the Arkansas National Guard
  • with the Secretary of State Elections Division

You must be an Arkansas resident at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you vote.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7:30am to 7:30pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may vote early 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 and early voting hours.

During a preferential primary or a general election, early voting is available between the hours of 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 4pm Saturday, ending at 5pm on the Monday before the election.

Absentee Voting

To be qualified to vote via 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 U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member
  • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

You may return your ballot by mail or electronically to the country clerk by seven days before the election. If you, a designated bearer, or administrator return your ballot in person, you must do so by the close of business the Friday before the election. On election day, an authorized agent may deliver your ballot by 1:30pm if you are a patient at a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care/residential care facility licensed by the state. This authorized agent must file an affidavit from the administrative head of a hospital or nursing home that verifies this information. Designated bearers and authorized agents can only pick up and submit ballots for two voters per election. They must show a current photo ID and sign an oath at the county clerk’s office.

Please visit the US Vote Disability Voting Guide to see accommodations for the registration and voting process.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to vote in Arkansas if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Are a resident of Arkansas
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Arkansas if:

  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction
  • A judge has specifically ruled that you are not able to vote.

Restorative Requirements

  • If your felony is expunged, OR if your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, with all fees paid that are associated with sentencing at the time of conviction: Get proof of expungement or sentence completion from the Department of Corrections or your Probation Office and submit this documentation to your county clerk's office when you register to vote.

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Arkansas if:

  • You reside in Arkansas but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Arkansas
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university in Arkansas at the polls

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Arkansas you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Arkansas Driver's License Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration. If you do not have an Arkansas Driver’s License, Arkansas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to [VoteRiders.org](www.voteriders.org)

Voting In-Person

In Arkansas, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid Arkansas Driver's License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Valid Student ID from State School

If you do not have an Arkansas Driver’s License, Arkansas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to [VoteRiders.org]

Voter Materials Transmission Options

Domestic Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered?

Upcoming Election Dates & Deadlines

Arkansas Federal and State Elections

Tue Mar 5, 2024 - Arkansas Presidential Primary

Voter Registration Deadline

Mon Feb 5, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by
Tue Feb 27, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Postmarked On or Before Election Day and Received by

Military Ballots need not be postmarked, but must be signed, dated and mailed by March 5, 2024


Fri Mar 15, 2024 5:00PM CDT

Eligibility Requirements

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Identification Requirements

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voter Materials Transmission Options

Overseas Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

Military Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered?