Arkansas Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Received 30 days before Election Day (unless that falls on a Sunday, in which case it is 29 days before Election Day)
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by the 7th day before the election if sent by mail or fax. Received by close of business the day before the election if delivered in person
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 7:30 p.m. on election day (by mail). Received by close of business on the day before the election (in person).

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also download and fill out Arkansas's voter registration form.  Mail your completed form to your County Clerk.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

You can vote by absentee ballot in Arkansas if you fall into one of the following categories: 

  • you will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day, OR
  • you will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability, OR
  • you are a member of the U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependant family member, OR
  • you are a U.S. citizen domiciled in Arkansas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the Arkansas Absentee Ballot Application.  Mail your completed application to your County Clerk.

You can also call your County Clerk and ask them to send you a county-specific absentee ballot application.  This will take slightly longer, however, since they'll have to mail it to you and you'll have to mail it back. 

Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot

Fill out your ballot, sign where indicated, put a stamp on it, and then mail your absentee ballot back to your County Clerk.  Be sure to meet the deadline or your ballot won't be counted!

Additional Information

State Elections Website:
Email address:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have voting-related questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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