Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Arkansas

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

Early voting dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

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

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 2nd and in person is May 5th. 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 5th 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 9th. 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 9th - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

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

Use The Right Form of ID

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

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • 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.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Arkansas offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. 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.

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.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Arkansas

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Arkansas First Time Voter Info