Arkansas | Voting Guide

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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

2020

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 4

  • General Election: November 3

 
Official Election Websites
 
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

 

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Arkansas’ voter registration form asks for your Arkansas driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. If you do not have one of these numbers, you may provide a current and valid photo identification; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck; or other government document that shows your name and address.


If you do not provide an ID when you register, you will be required to verify your registration when you go to vote. To verify your registration, you must provide a form of identification that shows the name of the person to whom the document was issued; provides a photograph; was issued by the U.S. government, State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in Arkansas; and has not been expired for more than four years before the date of the election in which you seek to vote. If you are casting an absentee ballot, you must include a copy of qualifying identification with your ballot. 


Types of identification that meet these requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • A driver’s license

  • A photo identification card

  • A voter verification card

  • A U.S. passport

  • An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas

  • A U.S. military identification document

  • A concealed handgun carry license

  • A public assistance identification card, if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom it was issued

 
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

To vote, you will need to present an ID that provides your name and photograph; that is issued by the U.S. government, State of Arkansas, an accredited postsecondary educational institution in Arkansas, or the administrator of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state; and that has not been expired for more than 4 years before the date of the election in which you seek to vote.


If you do not have the required ID when you go to vote, you may vote provisionally if you sign a sworn statement saying you are registered to vote.

 
Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.voterview.ar-nova.org/

 
How Can I Vote?

2020

Arkansas residents who are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic may request an absentee ballot by checking that they are “unavoidably absent” from their polling site on Election Day on their absentee ballot request form.


By Mail

Arkansas requires an excuse to vote by mail. Voters may vote by mail when they:

  • Will be “unavoidably absent” from their polling site on Election Day;

  • Will be unable to go to the polls due to illness or physical disability;

  • Are members of, or spouses or dependents of members of, the Uniformed Services, merchant marines and will be away from their polling site due to active duty status; or

  • Are temporarily residing outside the United States


Voters may request an absentee ballot in person until the close of business the day before the election, or seven days before Election Day if submitted by mail or electronic means.


An absentee ballot request form is available at https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/Absentee_Ballot_Application.pdf


Completed absentee ballots should be returned to the county clerk’s office by close of business the day before Election Day if delivered in person by the voter, or by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day if delivered by mail.


Early In-person

  • Early voting is available to any registered voter 7 to 15 days before Election Day, depending on the type of election.

  • For primary and general elections, 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.

  • Early voting requires the same documents or identification cards used on Election Day.

  • For the 2020 General Election, early voting will take place from October 19th to November 2nd.


Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, you have a right to cast a ballot.

 
Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:


Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA


Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes


Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Arkansas affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Although registering to vote does not trigger Arkansas’s driver’s license or car registration requirements, state law does require some people who reside in the state to obtain an Arkansas driver’s license or to register their vehicles. For more information, you may wish to contact the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Arkansas legal professional.

 

Last updated September 2020

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