How to Vote in Arkansas’ 2022 Elections

Posted on 07/29/22 by Jessica Ravitz

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. 

  • Absentee voting: Absentee ballots are available only to voters who can’t get to a polling site on Election Day. This includes people with an illness or physical disability, military members and others who are temporarily living  outside the country, and those who will be “unavoidably absent” from the polls on Election Day. 
  • Early in-person voting: This option is available to all registered voters starting Monday, Oct. 24, and ending at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The state’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Poll hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Voting laws passed in 2021 introduced rules for submitting signatures with absentee ballots, an earlier deadline to return those ballots and different photo ID requirements. The laws are being challenged in court. Also, a redistricting plan has changed the boundaries of the four U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot. 

US-VOTE-SUPER TUESDAY

  • Governor: Chris Jones (D), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) 
  • Lieutenant Governor: Kelly Krout (D), Leslie Rutledge (R) 
  • U.S. Senate: incumbent John Boozman (R), Natalie James (D)
  • U.S. House: all 4 seats  
  • State Senate: all 35 seats, due to redistricting 
  • State House: all 100 seats

You must complete a voter registration application and submit it by mail or in person.

  • By mail: Download a copy of the application which is available in English or in Spanish. You can also fill out and submit a request for a voter registration application on the secretary of state’s website, and an application will be mailed to you. Another option is to call your county clerk’s office to request an application. Or call the secretary of state’s Election Division at 800-482-1127 and you’ll be referred to the right county clerk’s office to make your request. Mail in the preaddressed form once you have completed it. 
  • In person: Pick up and fill out a registration application at your county clerk’s office. You can also pick up an application at your local DMV office, public library, disability agency or military recruitment office. Mail or hand-deliver the completed form to your county clerk’s office.

Registration applications must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 11 -- or postmarked by this date, if being mailed -- 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.

To get an absentee ballot, you must apply for one.

  • By phone or email: Request a mailed copy of the application from your county clerk’s office or call the secretary of state’s Election Division at 800-482-1127. Your completed application can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at your county clerk’s office. Though the application form says you can also fax it to the county clerk’s office, the secretary of state’s office cautions that this method is not as reliable.

If you mail or email a completed 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 up until the close of business on Friday, Nov. 4. That is also the deadline to hand-deliver completed ballots, meaning you can pick up and complete a ballot during the same visit.

Mailed ballots must be received by your county clerk’s office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, 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 Monday, Oct. 24. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. Note, however, that hours may vary in counties with more than one early-voting site. In most cases, early voting takes place at your county clerk’s office, but contact your county clerk’s office to see if other locations are available.

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.

In-person voters need to present a photo ID issued by the state or federal government.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • A photo ID card
  • A concealed-handgun-carry license
  • An employee badge or ID document issued by an accredited postsecondary education institution in Arkansas
  • A U.S. military ID document
  • A public assistance ID card with a photo
  • A free voter verification card, available from your county clerk’s office

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, Nov. 14.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on July 29, 2022, with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 7, 2020.

Also of Interest: 

  • Follow AARP's political coverage at aarp.org/elections
  • Keep up with local events and AARP advocacy efforts at aarp.org/ar.
  • Text ARVOTES to 22777 to receive a one-time text message with a link to Arkansas voter information. Message and data rates may apply. Terms apply: https://aarp.info/tcady

This story is provided by AARP Arkansas. Visit the AARP Arkansas page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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