About This State

Arkansas. You're so serious about that correct pronunciation of the state that you wrote it into law. Gotta respect that, in the same way we (don't) respect people who wear socks with sandals. But here's what we do respect, deeply. Your commitment to voting this year. Here's everything you need to know to vote! Arkansas will have 5 main elections taking place in 2022. The statewide primary and primary runoff will be taking place on May 24 and June 21, respectively; the statewide general and general runoff will be taking place on November 8 and December 6, respectively. There will also be consolidated local elections on August 9. (Source: Ballot Ready)


Key Dates

Apr 25

Preferential Primary Registration Deadline

May 17

Preferential Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (by mail or online)

May 20

Preferential Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (in person)

May 9 – May 20

Preferential Primary Early Voting

May 23

Preferential Primary Absentee Ballot Submission Deadline (by hand)

May 24

Preferential Primary Absentee Ballot Submission Deadline (by mail)

May 24

Preferential Primary

Jun 21

General Primary

Nov 8

General Election

Arkansas Voter Guide

  • How do I register to vote?

    Go to We're working with to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Nope! You can participate in the primary of any political party by declaring your affiliation with that party at the polls on the day of the primary, even if you were already affiliated with a different party.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    No. So, you know, make a plan. And if you need to vote absentee, go here to find out if you qualify and how to get one.

    Find Out Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote between Feb. 17-March 2. Then you can be the first to show off your "I voted" sticker like a lovable Arkansasshole on Instagram.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. You need a photo ID from the state or federal government, like a passport, military ID, or public assistance card. A concealed carry license, employee badge or ID from an Arkansas college or postsecondary education institution will also work. There's more info! Get it from VoteRiders here.

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what's new in arkansas voting since 2020

Arkansas passed 15 new laws related to elections in 2021. Here's what you need to know. In the past, voters could use a sworn affidavit to verify their identity if they did not have their ID at the polling place. Now, voters who do not have their ID may cast a provisional ballot and return with a valid ID by the Monday after the election in order to have the provisional ballot counted. Some key deadlines have also changed. The last day to BOTH request and return an absentee ballot in person is now the Friday before election day. Finally, drop boxes may no longer be allowed under Arkansas law. One more thing: in 2020, all voters were able to use absentee ballots due to the pandemic. That temporary rule will no longer be in place in 2022, so only certain voters will be able to vote by mail. So make sure you've got the correct ID now and make a plan to vote.

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