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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Arkansas.
Excuse required to vote by mail.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Arkansas.
The deadline for your application to be received by mail is 7 days before Election Day and in person is the Friday before Election Day.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot.
After completing your ballot, complete and sign the voter statement, and place it in envelope #2.
First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.
ID is required with completed mail-in ballot.
Arkansas requires a valid photo ID for in person voting and vote by mail. When voting by mail, include a copy of your valid photo ID with your return your ballot. Info here on what qualifies for photo ID.
ID submitted with the ballot must include:
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office.
Yes, a designated bearer may return your ballot. They must provide a current and valid photo ID to the county clerk, and must sign the register, under oath, when picking up or delivering an absentee ballot.
If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You should bring your ballot (if you have it) to the polls to surrender it in the "spoiling" process. If you do not have your ballot, you will be asked to vote using a provisional ballot.
Arkansas does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.
Arkansas voters need to show ID at the polls to vote. ID must include name of voter and have a photo. If the ID is expired, it can be expired no more than 4 years prior to the election day. All valid forms of ID should be issued by the United States, the state of Arkansas, or an accredited post-secondary institution in the state of Arkansas. Valid forms of identification include;
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Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open
No party affiliation is required to participate in Arkansas’ primaries. You will choose which political party’s ballot you’d like to vote when you go to vote. Being a member of a political party does not restrict which primary election you vote in. Visit the Arkansas Republican Party or Democratic Party websites for more details.
In addition to the president, the Arkansas primary election includes the following races:
– U.S. representatives
– State elected officials
– State legislators
– Judicial races
Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
Early voting hours and locations are established by your county clerk.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Arkansas, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Arkansas primaries if you are 17 by the next election.