Voting in Arkansas

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Election Dates

05/24/2022
State Primary Election Day
04/25/2022
Voter Registration Deadline (by mail - postmarked)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

05/17/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
05/24/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

05/09/2022
Early Voting Begins
05/23/2022
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a state primary. Click here for additional info, including party requirements and what's on the ballot.

Polling place hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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How to Vote in Arkansas

Learn about all the options to vote in Arkansas to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Arkansas Board of Elections Phone Number: (800) 482-1127

Arkansas Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Arkansas

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

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.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

05/17/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
05/24/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in Arkansas

Voting by mail is a two step process in Arkansas.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. If you qualify, you must submit an application to vote absentee to your county clerk.

The deadline for your application to be received by mail is May 17th and in person is May 20th. 

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Make a copy of your valid photo ID to return with your ballot. Info here on what qualifies as a valid ID.
  • Return in person to your county clerk's office on or before Friday, May 20th at 5 p.m. Find your county clerk's office here.
  • Or stamp and return by mail to your county clerk's office so that it is received by 7:30 p.m. on May 24th. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after May 24th - your ballot will not count.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot. After completing your ballot, complete and sign the voter statement, and place it in envelope #2.  

ID Requirements to Vote By Mail

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:

  • Voter’s name
  • Voter’s photo
  •  Be issued by the state of Arkansas or an accredited post-secondary institution in Arkansas
  • If the expiration date is visible, the ID can not be expired more than four years past the election date

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

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.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

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.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your 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.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your 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.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Arkansas voters need to show ID at the polls to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

ID must include name of voter and have a photo

If the ID is expired, it can be expired no more than 4 years before the day of the election

  • Arkansas driver’s license
  • Arkansas photo identification card
  • Arkansas concealed handgun carry license
  • US passport
  • State or federal government employee identification
  • US military identification
  • Student ID/employee ID card from an accredited post-secondary institution in Arkansas
  • Public assistance ID card

Voter ID in Arkansas

Find Your Ballot

Enter your address below to see what you can expect on Election Day.

Primaries

Statewide Primaries

Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open

The election is an open primary. You may choose to vote in any party’s primary.

The Arkansas primary election includes the following races:
– U.S. senator and representatives
– Arkansas governor
– State legislators
– Judicial races
– Municipal government seats

Automatic Registration

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.

Election Day Registration

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.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

05/09/2022
Voting Begins
05/23/2022
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Arkansas

Early voting hours and locations are established by your county clerk.

Preregister

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.