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Arkansas Absentee

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all voters can vote an absentee ballot for the November General election. Be sure to request your absentee ballot now to ensure you can vote absentee for the November General Election. The last day to request your ballot varies, as does the deadline to return the voted ballot. Please see below for more information. For more information on absentee voting, and other voting rules around COVID, please contact your Secretary of State.

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Early Voting

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Official Results

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Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Arkansas voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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Registration Deadlines

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Monday, October 5, 2020
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Monday, October 5, 2020

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Absentee Ballot Process

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) all voters can vote an absentee ballot for the November General election. The last day to request your ballot varies, as does the deadline to return the voted ballot. Please see below for more information. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. Contact your local elections office for more information. For more information on absentee voting, and other voting rules around COVID, please contact your Secretary of State.

Absentee voting is available if you meet any of the criteria below. The last day to request your ballot varies, as does the deadline to return the voted ballot. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of States website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Please see below for more information.

Those who requested an absentee ballot, but decide they want to vote in person may be able to. A poll worker will provide you with a provisional ballot at your polling location if you do not bring your mailed absentee ballot with you, which will be counted after your county elections official has confirmed you are registered to vote and did not vote more than once in that election.

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 (the law does not require you to give a reason)
  • 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 domiciled in Arkansas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

You can obtain an application for an absentee voting ballot from your county clerk who may mail or fax you an application, or you can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

The deadline to submit your absentee ballot is varies depending on how you return the application to the county clerk:

  • In person by you: close of business the day before the election
  • By designated bearer: close of business the day before the election
  • By mail or by fax: 7 days before the election
  • By authorized agent: 1:30 pm on Election Day

The deadline to submit your ballot also depends on your method of delivery:

  • In person by you: close of business the day before the election
  • By mail: by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day
  • By designated bearer: 7:30 p.m. on Election Day
  • By authorized agent: 7:30 p.m. on Election Day

Separate applications for absentee ballots are needed for every election.

Voter ID Needed for Absentee Voting:

If you are voting absentee, you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID:

  • Valid photo ID (drivers license, passport)
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows your name and address

You do not need to provide ID when voting absentee if you are:

  • A uniformed service member or marine on active duty who is absent from the county because of active duty or service
  • The spouse or dependent of a uniformed service member or marine, who is away from the county due to the active duty or service of the uniformed service member or merchant marine
  • Residents of a long-term care or residential care facility. These voters must provide a letter or other document from the facility's administrator that the voter is a resident of the facility

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets. or check your state website.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

No drop boxes available. You can hand-deliver your ballot to the office of the county clerk. You can look up the address of your county clerk here

Early Voting

Early voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on October 19th and ends on November 2nd.

Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may early vote during the 7 or 15 days before Election Day. During primary and general elections, early voting is available between 8am-6pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on the Monday before the Election.

For more information check your state's resource.

Election Dates

Your next election date can be found here https://www.vote411.org/arkansas

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • An Arkansas resident
  • 18 before or on Election Day
  • Not presently adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction
  • Not convicted of a felony without your sentence having been discharged or pardoned
  • Not claiming the right to vote in another county or state
ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you are registering to vote by mail, you must provide either your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration application. If you do not have any of these items, you may be required to vote on a provisional ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy a form of ID when voting.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address
  • Another government document that shows your name and address
ID Needed for Voting?

You must show a photo ID in order to vote.The expiration date on the ID must not be more than 4 years before Election Day.

Any photo ID is acceptable if it was issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas or an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Arkansas.

If you do not show one of these forms of ID you may vote a Provisional Ballot.

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Unofficial results may begin reporting by noon the day after the election. Official election results will be uploaded on Arkansas’ Secretary of State website as they become available.

The last date to certify the election is November 18th.

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Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be a qualified elector in Arkansas
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Be a resident of the precinct in which you serve
  • Not have been found or plead guilty to the violation of any election law in Arkansas
  • Not be a paid employee of any political party
  • Not be a paid employee of any person running for any office on the county's ballot
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be filled at an election while serving as a poll worker
  • Not be related or married to any candidate running for office in the current election
  • Complete the training

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

The polls will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can confirm your voting location here

Provisional Voting

If your name is not on the precinct voter registration list, or you do not show a valid photo ID, the election official will let you vote only if you meet specific conditions.

Those conditions are:

  • You identify yourself by stating your name, date of birth and that you are verified by the county clerk as a registered voter within the county
  • You affirm your current residence and the election official verifies with the county clerk that your residence is within the precinct
  • You complete an updated voter registration application form
  • You sign the precinct voter registration list

If you are not listed on the precinct voter registration list and the election official is unable to verify your registration with the county clerk and you contend that you are eligible to vote, then you may vote a challenged ballot which shall only be counted upon verification of your registration status by the county board of election commissioners prior to certification of the election.

Provisional ballots are counted between 2-15 days after the election.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are at the polling site and find that you are unable to stand in line for extended period of time due to physical, sensory or other disabilities, you can inform an election official and they will put you at the head of the line of any voters.

If you are unable to mark your ballot, you may be assisted by two election officials or by any person selected by you, who will mark the ballot in accordance with your voting wishes.

If you are unable to read the ballot, the election official have the entire ballot read to you, unless you instruct otherwise. The election official shall then assist you without comment or interpretation in marking the ballot. If you designate a person to assist, the election official shall allow that person to assist you, and the person designated shall read the entire ballot to you, unless you instruct otherwise, and then assist you without comment or interpretation in marking the ballot.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is 30 days before the election.

If you mail the registration application, it must be postmarked by that date. You may also give it to a voter registration agency representative or your county clerk, by that date.

If you submit your application close to an election registration deadline, you are strongly advised to follow up on your registration status with your county clerk before Election Day. If an election deadline is approaching, you can ensure your eligibility by applying in person with your county clerk. If you have not received verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration before Election Day.

You can register to vote at any of the following places:

  • County clerk's office in your home county
  • State revenue Office
  • Driver services (pick up a paper form or ask for your information to be transmitted electronically)
  • Public library or Arkansas state library
  • Public assistance agency
  • Disability agency
  • Military recruitment office
Time Off To Vote

Employer shall schedule sufficient time on election days so that employees may vote. This time varies by location.

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Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Arkansas are optical scan and DRE.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

iVotronic Touch Screen: With system the voter uses a touch screen to place their votes. This system prevents voters from casting two votes in a single race and alerts the voter of races with no votes cast. It includes a paper receipt that remains in the machine but allows voters to see their individual votes to verify the machine records them correctly.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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