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Absentee Voting

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, OR

  • You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependant family member and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status, OR

  • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.


You may request an absentee ballot application by contacting your local county clerk's office or by downloading the application from the Arkansas Secretary of State's website.

Your absentee ballot must be submitted in person or by a designated bearer or administrator by close of business the day before an election. Voted ballots may also be delivered to the county clerk's office by a designated bearer or authorized agent by 7:30 p.m. on election day. If voted ballots are submitted by USPS mail, they must be received by the county clerk's office by 7:30 p.m. on election day.

If you are a Uniformed Service Member or Merchant Marine, a spouse of a Uniformed Service Member, or an American citizen residing outside of the United States, you can find further information on voting absentee here.