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Register to vote in Arkansas

How to Register to Vote in for the Elections Arkansas

This article describes how to register to vote in Arkansas. You can register to vote by mail in Arkansas by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Register to vote in Arkansas In-person

Who can vote

  • To register in Arkansas you must be a citizen of the United States and live in Arkansas at the address on your voter registration application
  • Be at least 18 years old before the next election
  • And, not be a convicted felon (or have completely discharged your sentence or been pardoned)
  • Should not claim the right to vote in any other jurisdiction and not previously be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction

Register to vote in Arkansas By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: Your completed voter registration form must contain your state-issued driver’s license number or nonoperating identification number. If you do not have a driver’s license or nonoperating identification, you must include the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a driver’s license or a nonoperating identification or a Social Security number, please write “NONE” on the form.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Arkansas does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.

Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Arkansas

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Arkansas.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Arkansas’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Tuesday, October 9.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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