Arkansas ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Arkansas Secretary of State has issued a statement that Arkansas already has in place the means for registered voters to request an absentee ballot if they are assisting loved ones or fearful of contacting or passing along the coronavirus to others in the community. This appears to mean that voters should choose the excuse "You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day." You can request your absentee ballot through this site. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is the close of business seven days before the election, October 27, 2020. The ballot must be received by the clerk's office by 7:30 pm on election day.

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Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote absentee, you must be ONE of the following:

  • "Unavoidably" absent from the polling site on Election Day
  • Physically unable or too ill to attend the polling place
  • A member of Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines (or Spouse/Dependent family member) and away due to active duty or service
  • Residing in a long-term care or residential facility licensed by the state
  • U.S. citizen whose permanent residence is in Arkansas but who is temporarily living outside the United States

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?


Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

Yes, to verify your voter registration you must include a copy of ID with your voted absentee ballot that:

  • Shows the name of voter;
  • Shows photo of voter;
  • Is issued by US, State of AR, or accredited postsecondary educational institution in AR; AND
  • If displays expiration date, is not expired or expired no more than 4 years before date of election

Documents and identification cards that will be accepted as verification of voter registration include without limitation: A driver’s license; A photo identification card; A concealed hand- gun carry license; A United States passport; An employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecond- ary education institution in the State of Arkansas; A United States military identification document; A public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued; A voter verification card as provided under Ark. Code § 7-5-324.

The following voters are not required to submit ID with their voted absentee ballot:

  • A member, and his or her spouse or dependent(s), of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine who is absent from the county on election day because of active duty or service; or
  • A resident of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state of Arkansas, who must provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.

Last update: July 30, 2020

Hannah Piercey