The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to state records. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Arkansas vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 27, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Arkansas vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Arkansas vote by mail rules
You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Arkansas, but 100% of registered voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
If you are voting by mail due to COVID, check the box that says "unavoidably absentee on Election Day" on the request form.
Arkansas vote by mail ID requirements (request)
The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.
Arkansas vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You must include a photocopy of a valid photo ID with your voted ballot. Your ID must show your must show your name and must have been issued by the State of Arkansas, the Federal Government, or an accredited Arkansas school. It also must be recent. If the ID is expired, it cannot have expired more than 4 years ago. If you are unable to provide a copy of acceptable ID, you may sign an affidavit.
Arkansas vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps: