Arkansas Voting Rights Restoration

Misdemeanor convictions in Arkansas

Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.

You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Arkansas. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony conviction in Arkansas

Can felons vote in Arkansas?

You lose the right to vote in Arkansas if you are convicted of a felony until the felony is expunged or the following conditions are met:

  • Full sentence completed, including probation or parole
  • Paid all fees associated with sentencing at the time of conviction (fees after conviction do not affect voting rights)

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Arkansas

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.

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.



For help with:

  • Registering to vote
  • Requesting an absentee ballot
  • Requesting a mail-in ballot


For help with finding your Election Official.