Arkansas

how to vote FROM YOUR HOSPITAL BED

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DeADLINES TO NOTE

Deadline for Ballot Pickup:

  • By Designated Bearers: no earlier than 15 days before a preferential primary election, general election, school election or special election and no earlier than 7 days before a runoff election.

  • By Anyone Else: no deadline specified in Arkansas law. You should base your ballot pick up on the ability to return it to the County Clerk on time.

Deadline for Delivery of Voted Ballot to County Clerk:

  • In Person: by close of business the day BEFORE the election

  • 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. 

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

FROM THE Arkansas ELECTIONS Division WEBSITE

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To receive an absentee ballot, you need to request to have an absentee ballot application sent to you by contacting your County Clerk (click here) in the county where you are registered to vote. You may also download an absentee ballot application (click here).

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


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

Qualifications

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

  • 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

 

You can confirm your registration by visiting the Arkansas VoterView page

Arkansas STATE LAW

A.C.A. § 7-5-404(3)

A.C.A. § 7-5-403

A voter with a valid excuse can appoint an agent to submit an absentee request on Election Day. The agent may obtain ballots from the county clerk for not more than two 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 facility. 

Please visit this page to review the extensive laws governing the use of designated bearers, authorized agents, or hospital/long term care facility administrators to deliver ballots.

Check if you are registered to vote at vote.org or at the VoterView page

Send a request for an absentee ballot to your county clerk (links to PDF of directory)

Fill out the application and return it to the county clerk prior to the deadline (listed to the right under "Deadlines To Note")

Don't forget an affidavit from a hospital administrator if needed to attest that you are hospitalized and cannot vote in your assigned polling place

You can verify your absentee ballot status HERE

Vote!

Contact for more info at

patientvoting@gmail.com

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