Arkansas elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Arkansas held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (4 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (35 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (100 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (4 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas, 2012
Members of the U.S. House from Arkansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 0
     Republican Party 3 4
Total 4 4
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Scott Ellington
Republican Party Rick Crawford
Green Party Jacob Holloway
Libertarian Party Jessica Paxton
Rick Crawford Republican Party Rick Crawford No
2nd Democratic PartyHerb Rule
Republican Party Tim Griffin
Green Party Barbara Ward
Libertarian Party Chris Hayes
Tim Griffin Republican Party Tim Griffin No
3rd Republican Party Steve Womack
Green Party Rebekah Kennedy
Libertarian Party David Pangrac
Steve Womack Republican Party Steve Womack No
4th Democratic Party Gene Jeffress
Republican Party Tom Cotton
Green Party Joshua Drake
Libertarian Party Bobby Tullis
Mike Ross Republican Party Tom Cotton Yes
See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 14
     Republican Party 15 21
Total 35 35

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

Arkansas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 54 49
     Republican Party 46 51
Total 100 100
See also: Arkansas 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Taxes Would place a half-cent sales tax in the state. Approveda
LRCA Issue 2 Taxes Authorize cities and counties to create districts for redevelopment projects. Defeatedd
CICA Issue 3 Gambling Would allow for casinos in the state. Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Issue 4 Gambling Would allow for a casino in seven state counties. Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Issue 5 Marijuana Authorize the use of medical marijuana in the state. Defeatedd
See also: Political recall efforts and Recall campaigns in Arkansas

Mayoral recalls

Arkansas saw the most recall action of any state on November 6, with six mayors facing recall. Voters went to the polls to decide whether Tim McLellan of Kingsland, Ronnie Conley of Cotton Plant, Johnny McMahan of Bauxite, Paul Mitchell of Alexander, Tony Lawhon of Redfield, and Clinton Harris of Wilmot could keep their elected positions.[1][2][3]

Arkansas recall action in 2012

The six recall elections on November 6 were the first recall elections to take place in Arkansas in 2012. Recall efforts against three other mayors, Jill Dabbs of Bryant, Jeff Crockett of Harrison, and Sheila Walters of Trumann, failed to make the ballot.

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Arkansas was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election. Voters had to register by April 23, 2012 to vote in the primary.[4] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 30 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 8.[5]

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the election[6]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:[7]

  • you will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day, OR
  • you will be unable to attend your polling site on Election Day due to illness or physical disability, OR
  • you are a member of the U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependant family member, OR
  • you are a U.S. citizen domiciled in Arkansas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.[8]

—Arkansas Secretary of State


To vote absentee a request must be received at least seven days prior to the election (by mail or fax) or the day before election (in person). The ballot must then be returned either in person by close of business the day before the election or by mail. If returned by mail, it must be received by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.[7]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Arkansas is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Depending on the type of election, early voting begins seven to 15 days before an election and ends on the day prior to Election Day.[9] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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