State of Arkansas Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Arkansas State Primary Election held on Tue May 24, 2022

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Postmarked by Sun Apr 24, 2022
  • In-Person, Received by Sun Apr 24, 2022

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Post received by Tue May 17, 2022
  • Email by Tue May 17, 2022
  • In-Person Request by Fri May 20, 2022

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person, Received by Mon May 23, 2022
  • Post received by Tue May 24, 2022 7:30pm CDT
  • Delivered by Authorized Person to Election Office by

Early Voting

Mon May 9, 2022 8:00am CDT - Mon May 23, 2022 5:00pm CDT

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • at the county clerk’s office in your home county
  • at a State Revenue Office, Driver Services
  • at a public library or Arkansas state library
  • at a public assistance or disability agency
  • at a military recruitment office
  • at the Arkansas National Guard
  • with the Secretary of State Elections Division

You must be an Arkansas resident at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you vote.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7:30am to 7:30pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may vote early 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 and early voting hours.

During a preferential primary or a general election, early voting is available between the hours of 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 4pm Saturday, ending at 5pm on the Monday before the election.

Absentee Voting

To be qualified to vote via 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
  • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

You may return your ballot by mail or electronically to the country clerk by seven days before the election. If you, a designated bearer, or administrator return your ballot in person, you must do so by the close of business the day before the election. On election day, an authorized agent may deliver your ballot by 1:30pm if you are a patient at a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care/residential care facility licensed by the state. This authorized agent must file an affidavit from the administrative head of a hospital or nursing home that verifies this information. Designated bearers and authorized agents can only pick up and submit ballots for two voters per election. They must show a current photo ID and sign an oath at the county clerk’s office.

You are eligible to vote in Arkansas if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Arkansas
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Arkansas if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony
For further information, please see US Vote's [Arkansas Ex-offender and Misdemeanor Voting Rights](https://www.usvotefoundation.org/ex-off-voting-rights/arkansas/) page.

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Arkansas if:

  • You reside in Arkansas but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Arkansas
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university in Arkansas at the polls

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Arkansas you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Arkansas Driver's License Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

If you do not have an Arkansas Driver’s License, Arkansas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to [VoteRiders.org](www.voteriders.org)

Voting In-Person

In Arkansas, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid Arkansas Driver's License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Valid Student ID from State School

If you do not have an Arkansas Driver’s License, Arkansas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to [VoteRiders.org]

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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