How to register to vote in Arkansas
Election season is here in Arkansas, and state residents who wish to cast a ballot must first register to vote. Here are the basics on getting registered.
Who is eligible to register to vote?
A person must meet three basic criteria to be eligible to vote in Arkansas:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be an Arkansas resident
- Be 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election
There are two criteria that can disqualify residents, though. Josh Bridges, an elections systems analyst within the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, said people who are presently judged by a court as mentally incompetent are ineligible to register to vote.
Convicted felons are also not eligible to register to vote unless their sentence has been pardoned or completed.
Sarah Everett, staff attorney with the ACLU of Arkansas, said felons who have completed their sentences can restore their right to vote by taking documentation to their local county clerk showing that all time has been served and all fines, court costs and restitution have been paid.