Voter ID Breakdown: Absentee Voting

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Absentee Voting

Regular Voter:  Absentee Ballot

Returns copy of approved photo ID that is not expired for more than 4 Years

Example of acceptable photo ID include, but are not limited to:

  • An Arkansas driver's license
  • An Arkansas state ID
  • An Arkansas concealed carry handgun license
  • A U.S. passport
  • A U.S. military ID document
  • A student or employee ID card issued by a postsecondary educational institution
  • A public assistance ID card with photo issued by Arkansas or the federal government
  • A voter ID card with photo issued by the County Clerk
  • Detailed  list of Verification of Voter Registration ID requirements

Regular Voter: Provisional Absentee Ballot

Is unable to provide a copy of an approved photo ID or the copy of the approved photo ID is expired for more than 4 years from the date of the election.

  • Absentee ballot is treated as a provisional ballot
  • Signs Verification of Identity Affirmation included in the Voter Statement
  • Ballot will count, unless for other reasons the County Board of  Election Commission determines the ballot will not count

Military Voters:  Absentee Ballot

Military and Merchant Marine voters and their families who are away from the county because of active duty status of a military member are not required to include any form of Voter Verification with their absentee ballot.

Residents of a Long Term Care or Residential Care Facility:  Absentee Ballot

Voters who reside in a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the State may instead provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility. 

Flagged First Time Voters: Absentee Ballot

Returns a copy of an approved current ID (not expired by even one day) or if expired returns a copy of  additional ID

Examples of additional ID:

  • Copy of a current utility bill showing the voter's name and address
  • Copy of bank statement showing the voter's name and address
  • Copy of government check or paycheck showing the voter's name and address
  • Copy of another government document showing the voter's name and address

Flagged First Time Voters: Provisional Ballot

A flagged first time voter who fails to return a copy of a  current ID, or ID is expired, and no additional ID is provided:

  • Absentee ballot is treated as a provisional ballot
  • A flagged voter does not have the option to sign the Verification of Identity Affirmation
  • Would need to attend the provisional ballot hearing to bring evidence and defend the validity of the ballot