Some Arkansans are having trouble finding out where to vote on Election Day, because the online process on the Secretary of State’s website is actually quite confusing. Our visual guide below will walk you through it.
Remember that it is super important to double-check, because your polling place may be different this year. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there has been some reorganizing of voting locations in order to accommodate social distancing requirements that keep everyone as safe as possible.
How Find Your Polling Place
2. Enter your information into the Registration Information box.
This is the confusing bit. There is also a “Polling Place Search” box, which is where you would think you should go to find your polling place. But this option only works for some counties in Arkansas. It is more reliable to use the Registration Information search and check out your sample ballot, which will list your Election Day polling place.
3. You will be directed to a page with your name at the top. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find your sample ballot. There will be 3 different sections as you scroll:
- Vote Centers, which lists alternative locations where you can vote on Election Day that are not specific to your precinct.
- Early Voting Sites, which lists locations where you can vote before Election Day and the dates each location is available.
- Sample Ballots, which will list a link to the ballot YOU can expect to see when you vote.
4. Look at your sample ballot and find your precinct’s polling place at the top! It will be listed underneath the election date and before “Instructions to Voter”
It would be very frustrating to accidentally go to the wrong place, especially if you’re short on time! Make sure checking your polling place is part of your voting plan. We need your voice!
- Early Voting starts October 19th, and it’s a great way to avoid crowds and long wait times. You can usually get in and out in less than 10 minutes. Plus it’s much easier to find where to go!
- Be sure to take a valid Photo ID with you to vote.
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd. The polls are open from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm, and if you’re in line before 7:30 pm, they have to let you vote.
- Learn who and what will be on your ballot beforehand, so you can vote with confidence!
Still got questions? Head to GoVoteAR.org to get your questions answered and make a voting plan.