Arkansas

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Arkansas’ voter registration form asks for your Arkansas driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Documents and ID cards that are accepted for voting include but are not limited to:

    • A driver’s license;
    • A photo identification card;
    • A U.S. passport;
    • An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas;
    • A U.S. military identification document;

The card or document must show the name of the voter and photograph. It must be issued by the U.S., Arkansas or a postsecondary educational institution in Arkansas. If there is an expiration date, it must not be expired more than four years before the date of the election.

If you do not have the required ID you may vote provisionally if you sign a sworn statement saying you are registered to vote and provides the proper documentation or ID to the county board of elections by noon the Monday after the election.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.voterview.ar-nova.org/

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Arkansas residents who “will be unavoidably absent from his or her voting place” on Election Day or will be unable to go to the polls due to illness or physical disability may vote by mail-in absentee ballot.
  • Students may request an absentee ballot in person up until the day before the election. Contact your county clerk for more information.
  • Absentee ballot applications must be received by the county clerk seven days before the election if sent by mail, email or fax.
  • Completed absentee ballots should be returned to the county clerk’s office the day before Election Day if delivered in person by the voter or by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day if delivered by mail.

Early In-person

  • Early voting is available to any registered voter beginning 15 days before most elections.  For some elections such as runoffs early in person voting begins 7 days before the election.  Contact your county clerk’s office to confirm locations.
  • 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.
  • Early voting requires the same documents or identification cards used on Election Day.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Arkansas affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • As a full–time student in Arkansas, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Arkansas. For more information, you may wish to contact the Arkansas Office of Driver Services.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Arkansas legal professional.

Last updated June 2018