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Arkansas voter registration
- In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
- By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
- Online: N/A
- To register in Arkansas you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- live in Arkansas at the address in Box 2 on the application
- be at least 18 years old before the next election
- not be a convicted felon (or have completely discharged your sentence or been pardoned)
- not claim the right to vote in any other jurisdiction
- not previously be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction
- Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Sign and date your form. This is very important!
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
- Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
- If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.
Arkansas absentee ballots
- In Person: 1 day before Election Day
- By Mail: 7 days before Election Day
- Online: 7 days before Election Day
- Election Day.
- You may vote by absentee ballot in Arkansas 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 U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member
- you are a U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Arkansas but who is temporarily living outside the United States
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time -- simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Provide a copy of an acceptable form of ID with your voted ballot. (You must provide a copy of one of the forms of ID listed when you mail back your voted absentee ballot.)
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Arkansas early voting
- 15 days before Election Day.
- One day before Election Day.
Arkansas voter ID
If you're voting in person in Arkansas, you will need to provide a photo ID that is issued by the United States, state of Arkansas, or a college in Arkansas (such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, public benefit card, or student ID) at the time that you vote.
If you don't have a photo ID, you can still cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if you sign a sworn statement and provide ID by the following Monday.
If you're not voting for the first time in Arkansas, you don't need to provide ID to vote by mail.
If you're voting for the first time in Arkansas, registered to vote by mail, and didn't submit a copy of your ID when you registered, attach a copy of one of the following to your mail ballot:
- Driver's license
- Non-driver's license ID
- Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and address