How to vote in my state
Last updated February 2, 2023
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To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day, OR
- You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability, OR
- You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependant family member and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status, OR
- A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.
Your absentee ballot application must be submitted 7 days before the election by mail, or if you submit your application in person, by the close of business the Friday before Election Day.
Completed ballots must be returned and delivered by your clerk’s office by 7:30 PM on Election Day if sent by mail, if you return your completed ballot in person it must be returned by the close of business on the Friday before Election Day.
Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may early vote during the 7 or 15 days prior to Election Day. In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. In counties with off-site early voting (a location other than the county clerk’s office), local newspapers will publish the designated sites.
During a preferential primary or a general election, early voting is available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, ending at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Off-site early voting hours may vary by county; watch your local newspaper or contact your county clerk for information.
What to Expect
on Election Day
On Election Day, polls are open from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Voter ID Requirements
You are required to have a photo ID to cast your ballot.
An ID can be used to vote if it meets all of the following requirements:
- It shows your name
- It shows your photo
- If your ID has an expiration date, it must be unexpired or expired no more than 4 years before the election date
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Arkansas driver’s license
- Arkansas photo identification card
- concealed handgun carry license
- United States passport
- employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary education institution in the State of Arkansas
- United States military identification document
- public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued
- voter verification card
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.”
It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose.
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