Attorney General Alerts

    ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Casting Your Vote in 2020


    October 23, 2020

    LITTLE ROCK – Election Day 2020 is quickly approaching - a time when Arkansans have the opportunity to have their constitutional rights heard by making important decisions on candidates and issues being considered on the ballot. This year has brought forward challenges that have required additional precautions which will ensure all Arkansans are safe while executing their voting rights. Despite any concerns with the changes, it is important for Arkansans to know that the integrity of the election is preserved and that when a ballot is cast, it will be counted.

    “Voting is one of the most important rights we have as Americans,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “We are blessed to live in a country with free and fair elections where our voice truly matters when we exercise our right to vote.”

    Attorney General Rutledge released the following voter information list:

    1. Confirm your voting registration, location and precinct with your county clerk on your voter registration card or online at VoterView.org.
    2. Check with your County Clerk to view a sample ballot before you vote.
    3. Due to COVID-19, you may request an absentee ballot from the County Clerk’s office by printing an English or Spanish absentee ballot application and return it by mail or in person to your county clerk by October 27.
    4. The Arkansas Health Department issued a guidance for voters to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
    5. Review candidate information and ballot issues by visiting the Secretary of State’s Elections website.
    6. Research ballot issues from a non-partisan source beforehand to be a more informed voter.
    7. Early voting for Arkansas began Monday, October 19th and will run through Monday, November 2nd, the day before Election Day. The polls are open on Monday through Friday 8am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm with hours on Monday the 2nd at 8am to 5pm.

    Absentee ballots must be returned to your County Clerk by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, November 3. Military ballots must be post marked by Election Day and received by Friday, November 13.

    For tips on what to expect at your polling location, you can review the Secretary of State’s Voting 101 Pocket Guide or if you would like to report a voting concern, please contact the State Board of Election Commissioners at (501) 682-1834 or visit arkansas.gov/sbec.

    For more information about consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at OAG@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

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