ARKANSAS, USA — Election day is November 3, 2020, and several important local and national races will be decided. Here's what you need to know to ensure you can cast your ballot in Arkansas.
- Election Day: Tuesday, November 3
- Deadline to register by mail: Monday, October 5
- Deadline to register for voting in person: Monday, October 5
- Deadline to request an absentee ballot (must be received by): Tuesday, October 27
- Early voting period: from Monday, October 19 to Monday, November 2
Registering to vote/requesting an absentee ballot:
You must be registered to vote in Arkansas.
Follow our guide on how to ensure you're registered to vote in Arkansas, and what you need to know about requesting an absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (This is a guide, but it's important to note that you should call your local county clerk's office if you have further questions about registering to vote and absentee ballots.)
How votes are tallied in Arkansas:
5NEWS spoke with local election officials to better understand how votes are counted in Arkansas. This is important to know because there will be a surplus of absentee ballots cast this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This could lead to a longer than usual wait for election results.
How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting polling locations:
5NEWS spoke with local election officials to see what impact the current COVID-19 pandemic will have on polling locations in Arkansas, and what safety practices are being implemented to encourage social distancing. Also, the pandemic has created a need for more poll workers in the state. Find out how you can volunteer below.
Our voter's guide will expand as we get closer to the general election on November 3, 2020. Please check back for details about who will be on the ballot this year, and how COVID-19 will impact polling sites.