Voting in all elections, especially local elections, is key to building strong communities and coalitions. However, Arkansas is a voter suppressed state, and voting is made deliberately hard for all voters, but especially Democratic and progressive voters, who often tend to be younger, non-white, and poor.
Register to Vote
Arkansas does not have any online voter registration options. You must fill out a voter registration form, which you can find at several locations in your city. You can also register at any Democratic Party of Craighead County meeting or event—we always have voter registration forms with us, and we’ll even mail it for you!
Watch for Local Elections
You can stay up to date about any approaching elections by regularly checking the Craighead County Elections website, which lists elections and important dates. Offices like School Board, City Council, Quorum Court, and other local positions will be listed here, along with information voters can use to do research.
Protect Your Voter Registration
Arkansas has a tool that allows every registered voter to look up their voter registration to make sure it’s active and up to date called Voter View. Using Voter View regularly will help you avoid problems when you go to vote.
- Visit voterview.ar-nova.org/voterview.
- Type in your first name, last name, and date of birth.
The site will show you your voter registration, including your full name, your address used to determine your districts and where you vote, your political party (if you declared one; it’s optional in Arkansas), and your voting precinct.
Using Voter View
If any of your information is incorrect (like misspelled names) or out of date, you can call the Craighead County Clerk’s office. They are ready and willing to get your information correct. Incorrect information, like old addresses, can sometimes cause problems when trying to vote. Identifying and fixing these issues early is key to avoiding being denied ballot access.
Voter View also allows you to see your Early Voting locations, Election Day Polling Centers, and when there’s an election you can vote in, Sample Ballots so you can research and prepare for casting your vote. At the bottom of the page, there’s also a semi-hidden section for Districts you can expand to see every district you’re in and all the different offices you can vote for if there’s a contested election. It includes:
- Congressional District
- County Division
- Court of Appeals District
- District Court
- Judicial District
- Justice of the Peace District (Quorum Court)
- Municipality (City)
- School District
- School District Zone
- State Representative District
- State Senate District
Voter View Issues
If you type in your information and don’t find your Voter Registration, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong! But it does mean it’s time to call the Craighead County Clerk’s office and check to see what might be causing the issue. It’s important to check your registration at least every quarter to make sure there are no shenanigans happening. Your county clerk should help you solve the problem, but if not, please contact us so we can help.
Voter ID in Arkansas
Arkansas has a voter ID law that requires voters to present a photo ID to vote. The list of acceptable forms of ID:
- a driver’s license
- a photo identification card
- a concealed handgun carry license
- a United States passport
- an employee badge or identification document issued by an accredited postsecondary education institution in the State of Arkansas
- a United States military identification document
- a public assistance identification card if the card shows a photograph of the person to whom the document or identification card was issued
- a voter verification card as provided under Ark. Code § 7-5-324
If you need help acquiring ID to vote, we are happy assist! Please contact us.