Arkansas

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Probably. Arkansas usually requires an excuse to vote-by-mail, but concerns about Coronavirus count as a valid excuse in Arkansas for the November election. Follow the application steps below. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/voter-registration-information




Are there any other restrictions or requirements to apply?


You must include a photocopy of your drivers license or state ID with your application. Or you must include two forms of approved ID.




Who is allowed to vote-by-mail?


You may vote by absentee ballot in Arkansas if:

  • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day. (Use this option for concerns about Coronavirus)
  • You will be unable to attend your polling site on Election Day due to illness or physical disability.
  • You are a member of the U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member.
  • You are a U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Arkansas but who is temporarily living outside the United States




Where should I send my completed application?


Return your completed application to your county clerk via mail, email, fax or in person: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received 1 day before Election Day in person (November 2, 2020)and 7 days by mail. (October 27, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 5, 2020.




***Shenanigan Alerts***


Things to look out for:

  • Ballots in Arkansas may require as many as three stamps.
  • Students must choose which home is their "home".
  • You must vote in the county in which you live even if you work in another county. No exceptions.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be received by 7:30pm on Election Day. (November 3, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Ballots in Arkansas may require as many as three stamps. Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


No.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/voterview




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


Begins 15 days before the election and ends the Monday before the election. (October 19-November 2, 2020) 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.




Link to information and locations:


  • 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.
You can also call your county election office. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ARCountyClerks.pdf





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