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What Arkansans need to know about voting in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election

We’ve got answers to your questions about voting in Arkansas, whether you’re voting early, absentee or in person on Election Day.

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Oct. 5: Last day to register to vote in Nov. 3 election.

Oct. 19: Early voting begins.

Oct. 27: Deadline to request absentee ballots by mail, fax or email.

Oct. 30: Last day to transfer voter registration to another county.

Nov. 2: Early voting ends 5 p.m. Also last day to request or return absentee ballots in person.

Nov. 3: General Election. Also deadline for return of most mailed absentee ballots. (Military and overseas voters get 10 more days.)

Voter registration

How and where do I register?

A person can vote when he or she is at least 18 years old on the day of the election. (A 17-year-old who is 18 on election day can register ahead of time.)

If you’ve never voted before, haven’t voted in the last four years, moved or changed your name, you’ll need to register.

One must be:

• a citizen of the United States

• at least 18 years old on election day

• not a felon (unless voting rights are restored)

• has a valid ID

• not judged incompetent

You have to fill out a paper form to register.

Here, according to the secretary of state’s office, is where to get the forms:

• Your county clerk.

• Arkansas secretary of state Elections Division — call 1-800-482-1127 or visit the website at

• Local revenue or Division of Motor Vehicles office

• Public library

• Disability agency

• Military recruitment office

Once your local county clerk has processed your Voter Registration Application, he/she will send you a personalized voter registration card. This could take up to several weeks.

Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received your voter registration card from the county clerk.

Check your voter registration at:


Where can I obtain my sample ballot to see what candidates and issues there are?

You can get your sample ballot from the secretary of state’s website:

Visit our Elections page to read stories about candidates.

What issues will I see on the ballot?

Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3 and Issue 6 may appear on your ballot, but votes for Issue 6 will not be counted. You can read why here.

Click here to read the full text of Issue 1, which would permanently extend the state's 0.5% sales tax to fund highways. And read this story to learn more.

Click here to see the full text of Issue 2, which would make changes to legislative term limits. Read this story to learn more.

Click here to see the full text of Issue 3, which would add tougher requirements to get issues on the ballot. Read this story to learn more.


Early voting in person

Early voting starts Oct. 19, and ends Nov. 2, the day before the election.

State law sets the hours as between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the election.

Polling places may differ from those used on election day.

Polling locations and their hours are available either from county clerk’s offices or the county election commission.

They also are available at:

Absentee voting

This is the option for people who are concerned about voting in person because of potential exposure to coronavirus. Absentee voting also is used by people who will be unavoidably absent, such as those in the military and who are overseas.

Be aware that county clerk’s offices, normally busy around election season anyway, are exceptionally busy this year because of heightened demand for absentee ballots.

One must apply for a ballot and then fill in the ballot and get it in on time.

Read more about how to vote via absentee ballot:

Get further details about voting absentee:

On Election Day

When is Election Day?

7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3

Are there any new rules or precautions at the polls for in-person voters?

Wear a mask. Don’t go to the polls if you have symptoms of covid-19. Avoid getting close to others.

Do I need to bring my voter registration card to vote?


Do I need to bring my ID to vote?

If you bring your ID, your vote will be counted immediately.

If you don’t, your vote will be counted provisionally – meaning your ballot will be counted after elections officials have confirmed that you are registered to vote in that county and you did not already vote in that election.

Can I bring someone to help me vote?

Under federal law, you can bring someone to assist you while voting if you are blind, have a disability or are unable to read or write.

Where is my polling place?

Unless your county has voting centers, your Nov. 3 polling place is based on your home address.

Check your polling place with the county clerk’s office; county election commission; or at this web address:

What ID do I need to bring?

• Arkansas driver’s license or state ID

• Photo ID issued by the county

• Concealed handgun carry license

• U.S. passport

• Employee badge or identification document that’s been issued by the state, the federal government or a postsecondary educational institution

• U.S. military identification document

• Public assistance identification card