TIME OFF FOR VOTING
Each employer in the state shall schedule the work hours of employees on election days so that each employee will have an opportunity to exercise the right of franchise. Any employer who fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of this section shall upon conviction be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250).
2013 Events Calendar
|Annual School Board Runoff Election||October 8,2013|
Poll Hours: 7:30 AM-7:30 PM
Your precinct is determined by where you live and the polling site is assigned by your county election commission. Most local newspapers publish a list of polling sites within a few days of an election. If you received a Voter ID card from your county clerk, it may show your precinct. You can also find your location online at www.voterview.org.
What to Expect When Voting
- An election official will ask you to state your name and address and confirm your date of birth.
- The election official will ask you to provide identification. The following documents are acceptable: a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
- If you're unable to provide ID, the election official will note it on the Precinct Voter Registration List, and you may vote a regular ballot.
- If you registered by mail after January 1, 2003, and did not submit the required ID with your voter registration application, you may be required to show ID to vote a regular ballot. If you don't present ID, the election official will instruct you on voting a Provisional Ballot.
- In a primary election, you must state the party primary in which you wish to vote. If you do not wish to cast a party ballot, you may choose to vote only in the non-partisan races (which may include judicial contests, tax increases and other local issues).
- n a primary election, you are allowed to vote only one party's ballot or the non-partisan judicial ballot. The election official records which party's ballot you choose.
- Next, you will sign the Precinct Voter Registration List, and the election official will add your name to the list of voters.
- The election official will give you a ballot or direct you to a voting machine.
- After setting the voting machine, or handing you a paper ballot, the poll worker will leave you in private. You are allotted 5 minutes to vote.
- You will go alone to a voting booth and mark your ballot. You are allotted 5 minutes to vote.
- If you vote a paper ballot, you will deposit it into the ballot box or an electronic scanner.
Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
- You must submit your application to an official voter registration agency or mail it no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date.
- If you completed your application at a voter registration drive, the organizers must submit it to the county clerk or Secretary of State's office within 21 days of the date on the application or no later than 30 days prior to the next election.
- If you submit your application close to an election registration deadline, you are strongly advised to follow up on your registration status with your county clerk before Election Day.
- If an election deadline is looming, there is one method of application that will ensure your eligibility: apply in person with your county clerk.
- If you have not received verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration BEFORE Election Day.
To register to vote in the State of Arkansas, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vote).
- Be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election.
- Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.
- Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
How Do I Know I'm Registered?
- Consider yourself registered when- and only when- you receive an acknowledgment from your county clerk.
This could take several weeks, regardless of your method of application.
- Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received this acknowledgment.
- Call your county clerk after two weeks and inquire about the status of your application.
- Check your voter registration status online by visiting www.voterview.org.
Fill out an application to register to vote at your local:
- County clerk's office in your home county
- State Revenue Office, Driver Services (pick up a paper form or ask for your
information to be transmitted electronically)
- Public library or Arkansas State Library
- Public assistance agency
- Disability agency
- Military recruitment office
- Arkansas National Guard
If Not Registered - Apply by mail. Obtain an application from:
- Your county clerk
- Secretary of State Elections Division, 1-800-247-3312
- Arkansas Secretary of State
Click here to register to vote
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