Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 6

For the 2020 Presidential Election early voting will take place from October 19 to November 2. If your address or name has been changed since your voter registration, you may update your registration at the early polling site. In most counties you can vote at your county clerk’s office, you can view your county’s location and contact information here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons following the completion of their parole or probation.

ID Requirements for Voting: Photo ID required, voters without an ID can cast a provisional ballot and verify their identity by the following Monday.

Ranked Choice Voting: Ranked choice voting is used in all local elections for military and oversees voters.

Time off to Vote Law: Arkansas law requires employers to schedule hours so that employees have enough time to vote. It is the employers discretion whether or not the time is paid or unpaid. Learn more here.

Early Voting: Depending on the election, you may vote early in the 7 or 15 days before an election.

Absentee Voting: An excuse is required to obtain an absentee ballot in Arkansas. View the list of excuses and download the application here. Applications must be mailed 7 days before the election, or 1 day if being returned in-person. Absentee ballots must be received by mail by Election Day.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Arkansas is one of 13 states that have no women serving in either Chamber of Congress. Arkansas also ranks 37th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Arkansas Congressional Delegation

Arkansas State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Arkansas had lower voter turnout for both men and women than the United States overall in the 2016 Presidential Election.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size