ARKANSAS

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Anytime before the election

Tuesday October 27, 2020 (7 Days Before The Election)

Deadline for submission of application for absentee ballot if by mail or electronic means

1:30PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

Deadline for submission of application for absentee ballot if by authorized agent

7:30PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

Deadline for delivery of voted ballot to county clerk. You may not fax or email a ballot.

 

DEADLINES

 

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/voter-information/voter-registration-information or at https://www.vote.org/.

Contact the Elections Division by visiting Room 026 at the State Capitol or by calling 501-682-5070 or toll free at 1-800-482-1127 or by e-mail at electionsemail@sos.arkansas.gov.

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • I will be unable to attend the polls on Election Day because of illness or physical disability

  • I reside in a long-term care or residential facility licensed by the state


On your application you may designate how you wish to receive your ballot: by picking it up in person, by mail, or bearer.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help deliver materials to you

3.

Return your Application

RETURN THIS APPLICATION TO YOUR COUNTY CLERK. You may obtain your County Clerk’s return address for your Absentee Ballot Application at the following link: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/countyclerksforwebsite.pdf

Please contact your Arkansas County Clerk with any questions about the absentee voting process. You can find your clerk here.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

Based on your application, obtain your ballot by mail, designated bearer/administrator/authorized agent. 

 

Note: A designated bearer may obtain or deliver absentee ballots for no more than two (2) voters per election and may only do so within the 15 days before a general election.

 

A bearer, administrator, or agent must provide a current and valid photo ID to the clerk and must sign the register, under oath, when picking up or delivering an absentee ballot

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return your completed ballot

Return your completed ballot via mail, designated bearer, or authorized agent to your County Clerk’s return address for your Absentee Ballot Application at the following link: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/countyclerksforwebsite.pdf

  • By Designated Bearer: by 7:30 p.m. ON election day

  • By Mail: received at clerks office by 7:30 p.m. ON election day

    You may NOT fax or email a ballot. UOCAVA voters must vote their ballot by Election Day, and it must be received by their county clerk by 5:00p.m. 10 days after the election.

  • By Authorized Agent: by 7:30 p.m. ON election day

 

 

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STATE LAW

Arkansas Code § 7-5-403

(b) (1) An authorized agent may deliver applications for absentee ballots to the county clerk and obtain absentee ballots from the county clerk for not more than two (2) voters per election who cannot cast a ballot at the appropriate polling place on election day because the voter is a patient in a hospital or long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state.

(2) At no time shall an authorized agent have more than two (2) absentee ballots in his or her possession.

(3) (A) An authorized agent receiving an absentee ballot from the county clerk for a voter shall deliver the absentee ballot directly to the voter.

(B) An authorized agent receiving an absentee ballot from a voter shall deliver the absentee ballot directly to the county clerk.

(4) (A) In order for an authorized agent to obtain a ballot from the county clerk, the authorized agent shall submit to the county clerk an affidavit from the administrative head of a hospital or long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state that the applicant is a patient of the hospital or long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state and is thereby unable to vote on the election day at his or her regular polling site.

(B) A copy of the affidavit shall be retained by the county clerk as an attachment to the application for an absentee ballot.

(5) In order to obtain an absentee ballot from the county clerk, the:

(A) Authorized agent shall present current photographic identification to the clerk;

(B) Clerk shall print the authorized agent's name and address beside the voter's name on a register; and

(C) Authorized agent shall sign the register under oath indicating receipt of the voter's ballot.

(6) When an authorized agent delivers an absentee ballot to the county clerk, the:

(A) Authorized agent shall show some form of current photographic identification to the clerk;

(B) Clerk shall print the authorized agent's name and address beside the voter's name on a register;

(C) Authorized agent shall sign the register under oath indicating delivery of the voter's ballot; and

(D) The county clerk shall not accept an absentee ballot from an authorized agent who does not sign the register under oath.

(7) The county clerk shall write or stamp the words "AUTHORIZED AGENT" and the agent's name and address on the voter's absentee ballot return envelope.

(8) The county clerk shall post a notice of the rules concerning designated bearers and authorized agents in each county clerk's office where absentee ballots are distributed or returned.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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