State of Arkansas Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

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 730am to 730pm on Election Day.

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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 dependant family member
  • A U.S. citizen whose temporary residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

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
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Arkansas if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

Voter Registration

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

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

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

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

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

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

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

  • Veteran Health ID Issued by US Department of Veterans Affairs

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

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.

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:

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

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:

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

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Effective 18 September 2010 you may fax your ballot request and receive your blank ballot via email. If you do not have a signed, original voter registration/absentee ballot request form on file with your local election official, you must then send your original, signed form in the mail - otherwise your application will not be valid. If you are already registered to vote and are merely requesting an absentee ballot, you need not mail the original to your local election official. A new ballot delivery system called Ballot Safe will be used in 2012 which will allow eligible active duty military and overseas voters to receive their absentee ballot through a secure online website.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Effective 18 September 2010 you may fax your ballot request and receive your blank ballot via email. If you do not have a signed, original voter registration/absentee ballot request form on file with your local election official, you must then send your original, signed form in the mail - otherwise your application will not be valid. If you are already registered to vote and are merely requesting an absentee ballot, you need not mail the original to your local election official. A new ballot delivery system called Ballot Safe will be used in 2012 which will allow eligible active duty military and overseas voters to receive their absentee ballot through a secure online website.