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Article 3, Arkansas Constitution

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Article 3[1] of the Arkansas Constitution is entitled Franchise and Elections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Qualifications of Electors

Except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, any person may vote in an election in this state who is:

(1) A citizen of the United States;

(2) A resident of the State of Arkansas;

(3) At least eighteen (18) years of age; and

(4) Lawfully registered to vote in the election.[2]


Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Right of Suffrage

Elections shall be free and equal. No power, civil or military, shall ever interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage; nor shall any law be enacted whereby such right shall be impaired or forfeited, except for the commission of a felony, upon lawful conviction thereof.[4]


Section 3

Text of Section 3:

3. [Repealed.][5]


Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Privilege of Electors from Arrest

Electors shall, in all cases (except treason, felony and breach of the peace,) be privileged from arrest during their attendance at elections, and going to and from the same.[6]

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

5. [Repealed.][7]


Section 6

Text of Section 6:

Violation of Election Laws - Penalty

Any persons who shall be convicted of fraud, bribery, or other willful and corrupt violation of any election law of this State, shall be adjudged guilty of a felony, and disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit in this State.[8]

Section 7

Text of Section 7:

Soldiers and Sailors - Residence - Voting Rights

No soldier, sailor, or marine, in the military or naval service of the United States, shall acquire a residence by reason of being stationed on duty in this State.[9]

Section 8

Text of Section 8:

Time of Holding Elections

The general elections shall be held biennially, on the days and at times fixed by the General Assembly.[10]


Section 9

Text of Section 9:

Testimony in Election Contest - Self-Incrimination

In trials of contested elections and in proceedings for the investigation of elections, no person shall be permitted to withhold his testimony on the ground that it may criminate himself or subject him to public infamy: but such testimony shall not be used against him in any judicial proceeding, except for perjury in giving such testimony.[11]

Section 10

Text of Section 10:

Election Officers

The General Assembly shall determine the qualifications of an election officer.[12]


Section 11

Text of Section 11:

Votes to Be Counted

If the officers of any election shall unlawfully refuse or fail to receive, count, or return the vote or ballot of any qualified elector, such vote or ballot shall nevertheless be counted upon the trial of any contests arising out of said election.[13]

Section 12

Text of Section 12:

Elections by Representative - Viva Voce Vote

All elections by persons acting in a representative capacity shall be viva voce.[14]

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