Arkansas ID requirements for voting by mail

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

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.


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: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey