Fighting for the Rights of Every Arkansas Voter

While some legislators seek to expand democratic participation in our state, others wish to strip Arkansans of essential voting rights. For AR People is tracking voter bills in our state legislature for the 2021 session. Below you can find each bill, where they are in the legislative process, and how you can take action to protect the rights of Arkansas voters.

SB485| Sponsor: Sen. Hammer (R-33), Rep. Gonzales (R-19)

Why it's Bad: Removes the Monday before Election Day as an early vote option. This day has historically high voter turnout.

Summary: SB485 would shorten the early voting period in the state, specifically removing the Monday before Election Day as an early voting option. Many Arkansans choose to vote on the last day of early voting, which is a Monday. If passed, this would make for more congested early voting and restrict voting access.

Status: Assigned to STATE AGENCIES AND GOV AFFAIRS- SENATE

Senate Committee Members: Chair Senator Jason Rapert  Vice-Chair Senator Trent Garner  Senator Bob Ballinger  Senator Cecile Bledsoe  Senator Breanne Davis  Senator Jane English  Senator Bart Hester Senator Clarke Tucker

HB1112 | Sponsor: Rep. Mark Lowery (R-39)

Why it's Bad: Would prevent those who don't drive or who don't have a valid ID from voting

Summary: HB1112 amends our current voter ID law, requiring those who cast provisional ballots to show photo identification by noon on the Monday following Election Day. Previously, voters without ID could cast provisional ballots and still have their vote counted.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. HB1112 is now Act 249.

SB12 | Sponsors: Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-21), Rep. Justin Gonzales (R-19)

Why it's Bad: In an emergency declaration, would allow for last minute changes to polling sites; would make absentee voting more difficult

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Summary: SB12 would amend election procedures during an emergency declaration. Specifically, SB12 would get rid of the 15 day requirement to notify the public of a change in polling site or vote center. It would also shorten the timeframe in which absentee ballots are accepted by mail.

Status: Assigned to STATE AGENCIES & GOVT’L AFFAIRS-SENATE

Senate Committee Members: Chair Senator Jason Rapert  Vice-Chair Senator Trent Garner  Senator Bob Ballinger  Senator Cecile Bledsoe  Senator Breanne Davis  Senator Jane English  Senator Bart Hester Senator Clarke Tucker

HB1332 | Sponsor: Rep. Boyd (R-77), Sen. Davis (R-16)

Why it's Good: Would permit online voter registration

Summary: HB1517 would permit online voter registration in Arkansas. It would also allow the Secretary of State’s office to easily compare online voter registration files with records of deceased Arkansans.

Status: Passed the House. Referred to STATE AGENCIES & GOVT’L AFFAIRS-SENATE

HB1202 | Sponsor: Rep. Andrew Collins (D-35), Rep. Justin Boyd (R-77)

Why it's Good: Would ensure every voter can access their sample ballot online

Summary: HB1202 amends the publication requirements for elections and requires that sample ballots are posted online for voters to view.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Hutchinson. HB1202 is now Act 128

SB141 | Sponsor: Sen. Jonathan Dismang (R-28)

Why it's Good: Would add emergency election procedures into Arkansas code

Summary: SB141 would amend current election code to include a section for emergency declarations, granting the Secretary of State power to modify election procedure as needed. Right now no such emergency declaration section exists in our election code.

Status: assigned to STATE AGENCIES & GOVT’L AFFAIRS-SENATE

SB217 | Sponsor: Sen. Clarke Tucker (D-32)

Why it's Good: Would simplify the absentee ballot process

Summary: SB217 would simplify the absentee voting process, requiring more accessible language and clearer ballot canvasing standards.

Status: assigned to STATE AGENCIES & GOVT’L AFFAIRS-SENATE

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