Arkansas elections, 2013
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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- 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:
- 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.
To vote absentee a request must be received at least 7 days prior to the election (by mail/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 7:30pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
Arkansas is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. 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.
Elections Performance Index
Arkansas ranked 14th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Arkansas received an overall score of 69%.