Upcoming Elections in Arkansas

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

August 9,2016 - Municipal Primary Election
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing begins: First day candidates for mayor or director may file with the city clerk a statement of candidacy and the petition for nomination. May 11,2016
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing ends: Last day for candidates for mayor or director to file with the city clerk a statement of candidacy and the petition for nomination. May 26,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote July 11,2016
Last date for the State to publish polling site locations: Deadline for the county board of election commissions to give first public notice for the following in a newspaper of general circulation in the county: -Date of Election-Hours voting on Election-Places and times are early voting-Polling sites for holding the election in the county-Candidates and offices to be elected at the time-Time and location of the opening, canvassing, and counting ballots July 29,2016
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins : Early voting begins for the Municipal Primary Election August 2,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Deadline for county clerk to receive absentee ballot applications by mail or electronic means for the Municipal Primary Election. August 2,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Deadline for county clerk to receive applications for absentee ballots for the Municipal Primary Election from the voter, designated bearer, or administrator. August 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: Deadline for the voter to personally deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk no later than close regular business hours. August 8,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for voter to participate in early voting. Early voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election August 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: 7:00 pm- Deadline for the county clerk to receive delivery of the ballots by mail or hand delivered by the designated bearer, administrator or authorized agent of the voter. August 9,2016
September 20,2016 - Annual School Board Election
Absentee Ballot Begins: Deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the Annual School Election July 22,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk for mailing to all qualified applicants. August 4,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Deadline for county clerk to deliver ballots to those absentee voters who made timely application under the law Ark. August 5,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote in the Annual School Election. August 21,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote August 22,2016
Last date for the school board to publish polling site locations: Beginning date for the school board to publish polling site locations for the Annual School Election. Must be published no more than ten days and no less than three days before the Annual School Election. September 10,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote for the Annual School Runoff Election. September 11,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Deadline for county clerk to receive absentee ballot applications by mail or electronic means for the Annual School Election. September 13,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early voting begins for the Annual School Election. September 13,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: Deadline for county clerks to receive applications for absentee ballots (in person) by a designated bearer, administrator, or voter for the Annual School Election. September 19,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Deadline for a voter to participate in Early voting for the Annual School Election September 19,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: 7:30 p.m- Deadline for the county clerk to receive delivery of absentee ballots by mail (excluding military and overseas) or by the hand-delivery from the designated bearer administrator or authorized agent of the voter. September 20,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: 5:00 p.m.-Deadline for absentee ballots of overseas voters or armed services personnel serving in active status to be received by the county clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. September 30,2016
October 11,2016 - Annual School Board Runoff Election
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote September 12,2016
Last date for the school board to publish polling site locations: Beginning date for the school board to publish polling site locations for the Annual School Election. Must be published no more than ten days and no less than three days before the election. October 1,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk for the Annual School Runoff Election. October 1,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Deadline for county clerks to receive absentee ballot application by mail or electronic means for the Annual School Runoff Election. October 4,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early voting begins for the Annual School Runoff Election. October 4,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: Deadline for county clerks to receive applications for absentee ballots (in person) from designated bearer, administrator, or voter for the Annual School Runoff Election October 10,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Deadline for a voter to participate in early voting for the Annual School Runoff Election. October 10,2016
November 8,2016 - Nonpartisan General Election
Last day to submit names for precinct officers appointment to county boards of elections: 12:00 noon- Deadline for a political group that qualifies by petition to place its candidate on the ballot to submit a certificate of choice stating the name of it\'s candidates for President and Vice President, signed under oath by either the chair, vice chair, or secretary of the political group\'s convention August 25,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the General Election. September 9,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk for mailing to all qualified applicants for General Election September 22,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Deadline for county clerk to deliver ballots to those absentee voters who made timely application under the law Ark. September 23,2016
Last date for the State to publish polling site locations: Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to change polling sites for the General Election October 9,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote in the General Election. October 9,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote for November 8 Election October 10,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early voting begins for the General Election between the hours of 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Early voting ends at 5:00pm on the Monday prior to the election. October 24,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Deadline for the county clerk to receive absentee ballot applications by mail, fax or electronic mail for the General Election. November 1,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for voter to participate in early voting. Early voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the Election. November 7,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: Deadline for the voter to personally deliver absentee ballots to the county clerk is no later than the close of regular business hours on the day before the election. November 7,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: 7:30 p.m.-Deadline for the county clerk to receive delivery of absentee ballots by mail(excluding overseas), or by hand-delivery form the designated bearer, administrator or authorized agent of the absentee voter. November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: 5:00 p.m.- Deadline for absentee ballots of overseas voters or armed services personnel serving in active status to be received by the county clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. for the General Election November 18,2016
November 29,2016 - General Runoff Election Day
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote in the General Runoff Election. October 30,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Deadline to apply to register to vote October 31,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for voter to participate in early voting. Early voting closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election. November 28,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: Deadline for the voter to personally deliver absentee ballots to be the county clerk is no later than the close of regular business hours on the day before the election. November 28,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: 1:30 p.m.-Deadline for the county clerk to receive delivery of absentee ballots by mail (excluding overseas), or by hand-delivery from the designated bearer, administrator or authorized agent of the absentee voter. November 29,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Conway Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Tab Townsell - Population(58,908)
    Mayor Townsell will not seek re-election.
  • Fayetteville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Lioneld Jordan - Population(73,580)
  • Jonesboro Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Harold Perrin - Population(67,263)
  • North Little Rock Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Joe Smith - Population(62,304)
  • Pine Bluff Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Debe Hollingsworth - Population(49,083)
  • Rogers Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Greg Hines - Population(55,964)
  • Springdale Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Doug Sprouse - Population(69,797)
November 8, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

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).

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Vote at your poll on Election Day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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.

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Poll Hours: 7:30 AM-7:30 PM

Code Ann. ยง 7-5-304: The polls shall be opened at 7:30 a.m., and they shall remain open continuously until 7:30 p.m.
In all counties, when the polls close, all persons who have presented themselves for voting and who are then in line at the polling site shall be permitted to cast their votes.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.sos.arkansas.gov to find your polling place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Am I eligible To Vote in Arkansas?

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What's on Arkansas ballot in 2016

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Who Can Vote in Primaries in Arkansas?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Arkansas

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

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