The local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. 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 rules
You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Arkansas, but 100% of 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
You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
Arkansas voters must include a COPY of a valid photo ID with their voted ballots. Acceptable forms of ID must show your name and photo --- and must be issued by the state of Arkansas, the Federal Government, an accredited Arkansas college, university, or trade school. It also must be recent. If the ID is expired, it cannot have expired more than 4 years ago. If unable to present a valid form of ID, voters are able to sign a personal identification 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:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.