Arkansas Voter Registration Information
The Arkansas Secretary of State (SOS) allows residents to register to vote by mail or in person.
Voters living outside of Arkansas who are in the military, overseas, or attending college out of state also have options to register to vote in AR.
Read below to learn more about how to register to vote, registration deadlines, and other important voter registration information.
Voter Eligibility in Arkansas
To register to vote in Arkansas, you must be:
- A citizen of the United States.
- A resident of Arkansas who has been living in Arkansas for at least 30 days before the next election.
- At least 18 years old by the date of the next election.
Even if you meet the requirements above, you CANNOT register to vote if you are:
- Convicted of a felony AND currently serving incarceration, parole, probation.*
- Judged mentally incompetent by a court with jurisdiction in AR.
*You may apply through your state agency to restore your voting rights.
REGISTERING TO VOTE IN ARKANSAS
You can register to vote in Arkansas:
- By mail.
- In person.
You will be officially registered to vote when you receive acknowledgement of your registration from the county clerk's office.
If you have not received acknowledgement after 2 weeks, you can check your status by:
To register by mail to vote, you must complete the Arkansas Voter Registration Application*.
You can also get an application:
- From your local county clerk's office.
- From the Arkansas Secretary of State.
- By calling the Secretary of State Elections Division at (800) 247-3312.
*NOTE: The SOS offers a Spanish language version of the form for download.
When you register to vote by mail, you MUST include on the application:
- Your driver's license number.
- The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
If you do not have a driver's license or Social Security number, include a photocopy of ONE of following with your form (or show it when you vote):
- A photo ID that is valid and up-to-date.
- A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document.
- The document must have BOTH your name and address.
NOTE: If you do not provide the required identification information, you may have to cast a Provisional Ballot the first time you vote. If you need an ID in order to vote you can apply to have one issued to you, free of charge, for the purpose of voting.
You can complete an in-person voter registration at:
- Your county clerk's office.
- Any AR ODS location.
- Complete a paper form.
- Have your information sent electronically.
- Complete a paper form.
- Any public library or Arkansas State Library.
- Any public assistance or disability agency.
- Any military recruitment or National Guard office.
- Local voter registration drives.
Deadline to Register to Vote in AR
The deadline to register in an upcoming election is 30 days before the election date.
To make sure you can vote in the next election:
- Submit your application in person by the deadline.
- Postmark your mail-in application by the deadline.
If you register close to the deadline OR if you have not received confirmation of your registration, check your status before Election Day.
NOTE: If you register to vote at a voter registration drive, the organizers of the drive must give your application to the county clerk within 21 days of the date on the application OR at least 30 days before the next election.