Voting in Arkansas
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For full information about voting in Arkansas, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Arkansas, you must:
—Arkansas Secretary of State
When and where
The application must be submitted no later than 30 days before the election you wish to vote in. You may register to vote by mail or in one of the following locations:
—Arkansas Secretary of State
As of February 2015, Arkansas is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
On March 19, 2013, the Arkansas Senate sent a photo voter identification bill (SB 2) to Gov. Mike Beebe for final approval. The Senate voted 22-12 in agreement with a House amendment to the measure. According to reports, the governor planned to wait for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to respond to a lawmaker's question about the constitutionality of the bill. Prior to the Senate's vote the Senate Rules Committee issued a non-binding advisory opinion that the Senate had previously not properly passed the bill. The committee said that because SB 2 would alter the Arkansas Constitution it would require a two-thirds vote to approve. The advisory opinion was rejected by the full Senate. On March 25, 2013, Beebe rejected the bill, claiming it "unnecessarily restricts and impairs our citizens' right to vote." Beebe also noted that the implementation costs would rise to $300,000. On March 27, 2013, the Arkansas Senate voted 21-12, along party lines, to override the governor's veto.
On April 1, 2013, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 52-45 in agreement with the Arkansas Senate to override Gov. Beebe's veto. The new law took effect January 1, 2014. On April 16, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of four plaintiffs who did not possess photo IDs, or elected not to show them, when they went to vote and were thus given a provisional ballot that was not counted. The lawsuit sought to overturn the state's voter ID law on the grounds that it violated the Arkansas Constitution, which states that no law may be enacted that could impair or forfeit a citizen's right to vote.
Voters in Arkansas are asked to present non-photo identification, but are not necessarily required to do so in order to cast a non-provisional ballot. On April 24, 2014, a Circuit Court in Pulaski County ruled that the Arkansas State Legislature had exceeded its authority in implementing the voter ID bill, as it conflicted with the Arkansas Constitution. The law remained in effect for the primary election that took place May 20, 2014. Ultimately, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the voter ID law was unconstitutional.
A voter in Arkansas may be asked to present non-photo identification at the polls, but he or she is not necessarily required to do so in order to cast a non-provisional ballot.
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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:
—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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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. 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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Elections in Arkansas
- Arkansas elections, 2016
- Arkansas elections, 2015
- Arkansas elections, 2014
- Arkansas elections, 2013
- Arkansas elections, 2012
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Information," accessed June 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Arkansas News Bureau, "UPDATE Senate sends voter ID bill to governor," March 19, 2013
- CNN, "Arkansas governor rejects voter ID measure," March 25, 2013
- Associated Press, "Arkansas Senate overrides veto of voter ID bill," March 27, 2013
- Associated Press, "Arkansas: Veto of Voter ID Law Is Overridden," April 1, 2013
- Associated Press, "Arkansas' GOP-led Legislature passes voter ID law," April 1, 2013
- Arkansasmatters.com, "Voter ID Law Rules Approved, ACLU Promises Challenge," October 9, 2013
- Arkansas Times, "ACLU of Arkansas files suit over voter I.D. law," April 16, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Arkansas State Trial Court Says Government Photo-ID Law Violates Arkansas Constitution," April 24, 2014
- MSNBC, "Arkansas voter ID law causes chaos and confusion," May 22, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Arkansas Supreme Court Strike Down Voter ID Law," October 15, 2014
- Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Chapter 5, Subchapter 4," accessed January 3, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 18, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Voting in Arkansas," accessed December 18, 2013
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