Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/Update: October 5, 2020
Online Link to Application: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/voter-registration-information
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/voterview
Update Registration Here: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/voter-registration-information
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to Order Absentee mail Ballot:
- In Person: by close of business day BEFORE the election
- By Designated Bearer or Administrator: by close of business the day BEFORE the election
- A Designated Bearer is anyone you choose to pick up or deliver your application or ballot
- By Mail or by Electronic Means: 7 days BEFORE the election
- By Authorized Agent: by 1:30 p.m. ON election day
- An Authorized Agent must give the County Clerk an affidavit from the administrator of a hospital or nursing home saying that the applicant is a patient of a hospital or long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state and will be unable to vote on Election Day at their regular polling site.
Application for Absentee Ballot: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/absentee-voting
Check Status of your Absentee Mail Ballot: https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
- In Person: by close of business the day BEFORE the election
- By Designated Bearer: by 7:30 p.m. ON Election Day
- By Mail: received at clerk’s office by 7:30 p.m. ON Election Day
- You may NOT fax or email a ballot.
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
- Arkansas does not have the Surrender Rule. Even if you surrender your absentee ballot at the polling place on Election Day, they will still make you vote with a provisional ballot.
- Arkansas voters should be instructed to locate and fill out their absentee ballots. If they cannot locate it, they should request a replacement ballot to ensure they are not forced to vote with a provisional ballot in-person at the polling location.
- Sources: https://law.justia.com/codes/arkansas/2018/title-7/chapter-5/subchapter2/section-7-5-201/
- A person registering to vote by mail and who has not previously voted in a federal election in the state shall:
- Present to the election official a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter when appearing to vote either early or at the polls on election day; or
- When voting by mail, submit with the ballot a copy of current and valid photo ID or other qualified document that shows name and address of the voter.
- “Any person who receives an absentee ballot according to the precinct voter registration list but who elects to vote by early voting or to vote at his or her polling site on election day shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot.” AR Code 7-5-201(f) 2018.
4. Early Voting Information
- In-person Early Voting is available starting 15 days prior to Election Day. Oct 19, 2020 – Nov 2, 2020. In-person absentee voting is not available.
- In most counties Early Voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office.
- Many counties do have off-site Early Voting locations other than the county clerk’s office. Local newspapers will publish designated sites. Or find yours:
- General Election Early Voting generally proceeds M-F, 8am-5pm, Saturdays 10am- 4 pm. However, off-site Early Voting can vary by county. Watch local newspaper or get info directly from your county clerk. All are listed here: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf
- If your name or address has changed, you may update your information at the Early Voting site. If you received an absentee/Mail ballot but prefer to vote in person, bring the ballot with you (in case of Surrender Rule.)* If you applied for and never got an absentee/Mail ballot make sure you request a replacement ballot or else you will be asked to vote with a provisional ballot in the polls.
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov or call Arkansas Secretary of State, John Thurston 501.682.1010
5. Be a Poll Worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 and over, and a registered voter in their county
- Contact your local Election Official to sign-up: https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/election-official-directory