Arkansas Election Information

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2014 Primary Election: May 20, 2014

2014 Primary Runoff Election: June 10, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

Election Day: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Early voting is available in Arkansas. 

In-Person Early Voting: October 20, 2014 – November 3, 2014: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

How to Find Your Polling Place

Find the location of your polling place using the Secretary of State's Voter View tool.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

You must submit an application for new registrants or to change your registration (available online) to an official voter registration agency in person or by mail 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.  Any deadlines falling on a weekend or holiday when the designated filing office is closed are extended to the following business day.

2014 Primary Election: April 20, 2014

2014 General Election: October 5, 2014

How to Check if You Are Registered

You may check online to see if you are registered to vote.

How to Register

In Person

You may visit any of the following places and fill out a voter registration application:

  • Your County Clerk’s Office;
  • State Revenue Office, Driver Services (you may also submit your information electronically here);
  • Public Library;
  • Arkansas State Library;
  • Public Assistance Agency;
  • Disability Agency;
  • Military Recruitment Office; or
  • Arkansas National Guard.

By Mail

You may register to vote by printing out and completing the Arkansas Voter Registration Form, which is available online in both English and Spanish.  You may also pick up paper copies at your county clerk’s office, the Secretary of State Elections Division, or the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Registration Eligibility

In order to register to vote in Arkansas, you MUST:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be a resident of Arkansas;
  • Be age 18 or turn 18 before the next election;
  • Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned; and
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court.

Identification Required for Registration

You must provide either (1) your driver's license number, (2) the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or (3) check the box in #7 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number.

If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting:

  • Current and valid photo identification;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address; or
  • Another government document that shows your name and address.

If You Want to Vote Early

Early voting varies by county. Contact your County Clerk for specific information on Early Voting.  Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may early vote 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.

During a preferential primary or a general election, early voting is available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, ending at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election.  Off-site early voting hours may vary by county; watch your local newspaper or contact your county clerk for information.

During all other elections, early voting is available during your county clerk’s regular office hours.

If your name or address has changed, you may update your information at the early voting site.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

To be qualified to vote 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; or
  • You are a U.S. citizen whose temporary residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

Deadlines to SUBMIT an absentee ballot APPLICATION:

  • In Person: by close of business the day BEFORE the election.
  • By Designated Bearer*: by close of business the day BEFORE the election.
  • 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 verifying the voter is a patient of the hospital or nursing home and is unable to vote on the election day at his or her regular polling site.

Receiving an absentee ballot:

On your application you may designate how you wish to receive your ballot: pick it up in person, receive by mail, or bearer (relative, authorized agent**, or designated bearer*).  If you wish a designated bearer to pick up your ballot, it must be picked up no earlier than 15 days before preferential or general election, and no earlier than 7 days before a runoff election.  If receiving by mail, or picking up in person, there is no designated deadline.

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 clerk’s office by 7:30 p.m. ON election day.
  • By Authorized Agent**: by 7:30 p.m. ON election day.

You may NOT fax a completed ballot.  Uniformed and overseas citizens must vote their ballot by Election Day, and it must be received by their county clerk by 10 days after the election.

With questions or to request an absentee application, contact the County Clerk.

*Designated Bearer is anyone the voter chooses to pick up or deliver your application or ballot.

** 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 nursing home and is thereby unable to vote on the Election Day at the voter’s designated polling site.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

You must provide either (1) your driver's license number, (2) the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or (3) check the box in #7 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number.

If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting:

  • Current and valid photo identification;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address; or
  • Another government document that shows your name and address.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Voters are not required to provide “proof of identity”(photo ID) in order to vote in person in the General Election.  Poll workers are still required by law to ask for identification, however, voters are not required to provide identification in order to vote.

State and federal law still require first time voters to provide identification.  Voters who register to vote by mail and fail to include valid identification will be required to provide identification at the polls.  For those first time voters, examples of identification are: a valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

If you move to a new address within your current precinct, you have the right to vote in that precinct after filling out a change-of-address form.

If you move to a new address in your county but outside the precinct where you're registered, you have the right to vote at your new precinct and fill out a change-of-address form there.

If you move to a new address in a different county, you must submit an updated registration form to the county clerk in your new county at least four days before an election.  The application must be received at least four days before the election in which you plan to vote. 

In addition to the Arkansas Voter Registration Application, Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Arkansas-specific FPCA page.

Ballots from military voters must be received no later than 10 days following the election.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Arkansas-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Arkansas-specific FWAB page.

A convicted felon may regain the right to vote after the completion of one's full sentence, including any probation, parole, or other supervised release, or by obtaining a pardon from the governor.  Documentation must be provided to the county clerk in order for a formerly convicted felon to register to vote.

Frequently Asked Questions

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.” 

For more information for student voters, visit the Arkansas Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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