En español | Arkansas’ Nov. 8 general election will decide races for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, state Senate and House, governor, secretary of state and other state executive offices, as well as several state high courts. The state’s primary was May 24, and its primary runoff election was June 21.
The legislature enacted a number of new election and voting laws in 2021. A new redistricting plan has changed the boundaries of the four U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
You must complete a registration form and submit it by mail or in person. You can request a registration form in several ways.
Registration applications must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 11, to be processed in time for the general election.
Check your registration status by visiting the secretary of state’s VoterView page or by calling your county clerk’s office.
Absentee ballots are available only to Arkansas voters who meet certain criteria. You may qualify if you will be “unavoidably absent” from your polling site on Election Day, can’t get to a polling site due to an illness or physical disability, are a military member (or a spouse of one) temporarily living elsewhere or are living outside the United States.
You can request an absentee-ballot application through your county clerk’s office.
If you mail, email or fax an application for an absentee ballot, it must be received by your county clerk’s office by Tuesday, Nov. 1. If you visit your county clerk’s office in person, you can fill out an application — and complete your ballot — up until close of business the Friday before the election, or Nov. 4.
Completed absentee ballots, if hand-delivered, must be dropped off at your county clerk’s office by close of business on the Friday before the election, or Nov. 4.
Mailed ballots must be received by your county clerk’s office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8.
For more information about absentee-voting procedures, including guidelines for authorized agents who can act on behalf of hospital patients or long-term care residents, visit the secretary of state’s website page dedicated to absentee voting.
Yes. Visit the VoterView page to track the status of your ballot.
Yes. Early voting begins on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. Hours before Nov. 7 are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. In most cases you can vote early at your county clerk’s office. If other off-site locations are available, your local newspaper will publish them. Contact your county clerk’s office for details on off-site locations.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location on the VoterView page.
Yes, in-person voters need to present a photo ID issued by the state or federal government.
Acceptable forms of identification include:
Residents of licensed long-term care facilities are not required to show ID when voting in person; rather, they can provide documentation from their facility’s administrator proving that they live in the facility.
If you don’t have an acceptable form of ID when you go to vote, you may only use a provisional ballot, which will not count unless you bring a proper ID to your county clerk’s office by noon the Monday following the election.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 22, 2022, with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 7, 2020.
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