Your Vote's Safety in Arkansas
Voter Laws and Registration Deadlines
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Live in Arkansas at the address in Box 2 of your voter application
- Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- Not be a convicted felon (or have completely discharged your sentence or been pardoned)
- Not claim the right to vote in any other jurisdiction
- NON-PHOTO ID REQUIRED
- Early Voting in Person
Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election
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Ex-Arkansas Legislator Sentenced for Vote Fraud
Former Arkansas Legislator Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case
News & Commentary
Voting Machines Installed in All 75 Arkansas Counties | 12/09/13
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin recently announced that the implementation of the state's photo-ID system is complete. The Secretary of State's office provided Voter ID systems to each of Arkansas's 75 counties, allowing each county clerk's office to produce photo identification cards at no charge for voters who don't have them.
"This project has put counties in compliance with the requirements of Act 595 of 2013. It also provides additional integrity to our electoral system," Martin said.
Act 595 requires that, as of Jan. 1, 2014, voters show photographic proof of identity.
Read more at the Arkansas Project.
Ex-Arkansas Legislator Sentenced for Vote Fraud | 07/17/13
LITTLE ROCK - A judge has sentenced a former east Arkansas legislator convicted of election fraud to three years of probation, including nine months of home confinement. Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum pleaded guilty in September, along with his father and two campaign workers to charges of bribing voters and using absentee ballots to commit fraud in the 2011 election for his seat. He was sentenced on June 20.
Former Arkansas Legislator Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case | 06/24/13
LITTLE ROCK -- A former Arkansas
lawmaker and his father were each sentenced June 20 to three years of
probation, including nine months of home detention, and fined for
conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying
ballots and exchanging money and food for votes.
Arkansas Lawmakers Override Veto of Voter ID Law | 04/10/13
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas legislators passed a law on April 1 requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, overriding Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill, which he called an expensive solution to a non-existent problem.
The Republican-led state House voted 52-45, largely along party lines, to complete an override that started in the GOP-controlled Senate on a 21-12 vote last week. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.
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Editorial: Securing the Ballot | 04/01/13
Nothing is quite so implausible as a Democrat claiming he's against something because it's "too expensive." Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he vetoed a prospective law requiring voters to show identification before casting a ballot because
it would cost $300,000.
Nearly three dozen other states are still solvent after adopting similar voter-ID
laws. On Tuesday, Virginia became the latest, with Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature on a voter-ID bill that takes effect in November 2014.
Click here for full Washington Times editorial.
Photo ID Bill Goes to Arkansas Governor | 03/25/13
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval on March 19 to legislation that would require voters to show photo identification
before casting a ballot, sending the Republican-backed measure to
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's desk.
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