Voting in Arkansas 2016

Arkansas voting 101 - some basic information and links about voting in Arkansas.

When: The 2016 Arkansas primary election is Tuesday March 1. The deadline for registering to vote is one month prior to the election.

The general election is always the first Tuesday of November everywhere in the United States.

How and where do I vote?
The Arkansas Secretary of State web page has the answer along with other details. If you do not live in Arkansas, search for your state's voter information.

Why is there a primary election in March and a general election in November?
There are actually two primary elections in March, and you can vote in only one.
The Republican primary election determines who the Republican candidates will be in the November general election, and the Democrat primary election determines who the Democrat candidates will be in the November general election. When you vote, you tell the poll workers which primary you want to vote in.

What about non-partisan candidates and issues like tax increases?
These candidates and issues appear on all ballots. They will not appear on the ballot in the general election because they are decided in the primary election.

What are runoff elections?
A candidate must receive a majority of votes to be elected. If there are more than two candidates and none receive a majority vote, then the top two candidates are voted on in a later election.

How can I decide who to vote for?
An excellent way to find out which candidate most closely aligns with your views, is to consult voter guides prepared by organizations that typically focus on issues that they are interested in. I recommend these:

You might also be able to find a sample ballot for your county.

If you do not know anything about certain races or issues, it might be best to leave those blank and let more informed voters decide.

Why is it important to vote? Our country was founded by people who were willing to fight and even die so that they and their children could live free, free to make their own laws and determine their own future and free to practice their religion. If you do not vote, then you are allowing other people to make decisions that will affect you and your children, and may even result in the loss of freedoms. Our leaders determine our future and our children's future. By voting, you can help preserve our freedom and guide our country to a better future. Please register to vote if you are not already registered.

By: Charles Young | HOME