Voting in Arkansas
Voter Registration In Arkansas
Who Can Register In Arkansas
To register to vote in Arkansas, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Arkansas
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the next election
- Not have been presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction
- Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned
You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Arkansas Election Day Registration
Arkansas does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
If you registered to vote but your name does not appear on the precinct voter registration list, or if you are unable to comply with identification requirements, you have the right to cast a Provisional Ballot after signing an affirmation that you are a registered voter in the county and are eligible to vote in that election.
You can pre-register to vote in Arkansas if you will turn 18 before the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Arkansas does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. The right to vote can be restored upon discharge of sentence or pardon.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote.
Voting In Arkansas
Where To Vote In Arkansas
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
COVID-19 UPDATE: All voters may use the excuse “physical illness/disability” to request an absentee ballot.
Voters can only vote absentee/by mail in Arkansas with an approved excuse. Approved excuses include if:
- 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 Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependant family member and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status
- A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States
Early Voting In Arkansas
Arkansas offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may vote early during the 7 or 15 days prior to Election Day.
Primary Elections In Arkansas
Arkansas has open primaries. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Arkansas
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Arkansas.
Valid forms of ID include:
- Driver's license.
- Photo identification card
- Concealed handgun carry license
- United States passport
- Employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas
- United States military identification document
- Public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued
- Voter verification card under § 7-5-324.
A person who is a resident of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state of Arkansas is not required to verify his or her registration by presenting a document or identification card as described above when voting in person, but must provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.
Note: A document or identification card may be presented in a digital format on an electronic device if it complies with other requirements and has been approved or issued by the U.S., the state of Arkansas, or an accredited post-secondary educational institution.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots cast in this manner will be counted if:
(a) The voter completes a sworn statement at the polling site stating that the voter is registered to vote in this state and that he or she is the person registered to vote, and the county board of election commissioners does not determine that the provisional ballot is invalid and should not be counted based on other grounds, or
(b) The voter returns to the county board of election commissioners or the county clerk by 12:00 noon on the Monday following the election and presents a document or identification card meeting the requirements described above, and the county board of election commissioners does not determine that the provisional ballot is invalid and should not be counted based on other grounds.
Additional Arkansas Resources
Your State Election Official
Arkansas Secretary of State
Phone number: 501.682.5070