State of Arkansas Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Arkansas General Election held on Tue Nov 3, 2020

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 5, 2020
  • In-Person, Received by Mon Oct 5, 2020

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Post received by Tue Oct 27, 2020
  • Email by Tue Oct 27, 2020
  • In-Person Request by Mon Nov 2, 2020

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person, Received by Mon Nov 2, 2020
  • Post received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 7:30pm CST

Early Voting

Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:00am CDT - Mon Nov 2, 2020 5:00pm CST
All registered voters may use COVID-19 as an excuse to request an absentee ballot for the November Election.

Local Elections

Little Rock School District Runoff Election held on Tue Dec 1, 2020

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Mon Nov 2, 2020
  • Received by Fri Nov 27, 2020

Absentee Ballot Request

In-Person Request by Mon Nov 30, 2020

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person, Received by Mon Nov 30, 2020
  • Post received by Tue Dec 1, 2020 7:30pm CST

Early Voting

Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:00am CST - Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:00pm CST
The Nov 2, 2020, voter registration deadline is for voters who were previously registered out-of-state. For in-state voters, the registration deadline is Nov 27, 2020. Early Voting is only open on weekdays and will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov 26 and 27.

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

In alignment with COVID-19 public health measures, all registered voters in Arkansas may request an absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election.

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 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
For further information, please see US Vote's [Arkansas Ex-offender and Misdemeanor Voting Rights](https://www.usvotefoundation.org/ex-off-voting-rights/arkansas/) page.

Student Eligibility

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

Voter Registration

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

  • The 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](www.voteriders.org)

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Overseas & Military Voters

Federal and State Elections

Arkansas General Election held on Tue Nov 3, 2020

Type

Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Postmarked by Mon Oct 5, 2020 Postmarked by Mon Oct 5, 2020

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Oct 27, 2020 Received by Tue Oct 27, 2020

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020
  • Received by Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:00pm CST
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020
  • Received by Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:00pm CST
All registered voters may use COVID-19 as an excuse to request an absentee ballot for the November Election.

Local Elections

Little Rock School District Runoff Election held on Tue Dec 1, 2020

Type

Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Mon Nov 2, 2020 Received by Mon Nov 2, 2020

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Dec 1, 2020 Received by Tue Dec 1, 2020
The Nov 2, 2020, voter registration deadline is for voters who were previously registered out-of-state. For in-state voters, the registration deadline is Nov 27, 2020. Early Voting is only open on weekdays and will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov 26 and 27.

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:

  • 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 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

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

- - -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - - -
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

- -

Absentee Ballot Request

- -

Blank Ballot To Voter

- - -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - - -
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.