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  Arkansas  

Voting Guide

Voter registration deadline: 30 days before Election Day

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. If you are registered in one location, you cannot register in another location just because you want to participate in an election in the second location. Generally, voter registeration is based on where you identify as your current residence.

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 copy of a current and valid photo identification; 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 bears your name and photograph; was issued by the U.S. government, State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in Arkansas; and if it bears an expiration date, has not been expired for more than 4 years before the date of the election in which you seek to vote. 


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

  • A driver’s license with a photograph

  • 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

To vote, you will need to present an ID that bears your name and photograph; was issued by the U.S. government, State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in Arkansas; and, if it has an expiration date, has not been expired for more than 4 years before the date of the election in which you seek to vote.



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

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 Friday before Election Day. Applications submitted by mail ot electronically must be received by the 7th day before Election Day.


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


Completed absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office by close of business the Friday 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

  • Contact your county's election office for early voting locations

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


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.

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?

Registering to vote in Arkansas does not necessarily affect your driver's license or car registration. However, as a new resident of Arkansas, you may be required to make changes to your driver's license or car registration regardless of whether you register to vote there. You may wish to contact the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
 
Last updated March 2019