Arkansas elections, 2013
Arkansas election information for 2013 is listed below.
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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November 5, 2013
Special elections by type
State Senate District 21
Sen. Paul Bookout (D) resigned on on August 21, 2013, after he was fined $8,000 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for spending campaign funds on personal items. A special election was called for January 14, 2013 with a primary on October 8, 2013. Both a GOP and Democratic runoff took place on November 12, 2013. The filing period for candidates ran from September 3 to September 6, 2013.
- Related: See election information here.
Voting in Arkansas
- See also: Voting in Arkansas
Important voting information
- Arkansas uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
- To be eligible to vote in an election, an application must be submitted no later than 30 days before the election.
- As of February 2015, Arkansas is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. Arkansas has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. HB 1650 was introduced to the Arkansas House of Representatives on March 4, 2013.
- See also: Absentee voting by state
For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Arkansas, please visit our absentee voting by state page.
- 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 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Arkansas received an overall score of 69 percent.
- thenewstribune.com, "Arkansas lawmaker steps down from Senate seat," August 20, 2013
- arkansasmatters.com, "Gov. Beebe Sets Special Election to Replace Recently Resigned Senator," August 28, 2013
- sos.arkansas.gov, "Official candidate list," accessed September 9, 2013
- therepublic.com, "GOP, Democrats each headed to runoff for Ark. Senate seat in special election," October 8, 2013
- Open States, HB 1650
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014
State of Arkansas
Little Rock (capital)
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