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Arkansas

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: In the midst of coronavirus, the governor and the legislature have diverging ideas on the best way to protect election integrity and health

  • In March, the Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, allowed all Arkansas voters to vote by absentee ballot in the 2020 primary
     

  • In April, the Arkansas legislature rejected a measure in 2020 to allow for no-excuse absentee voting in the November election

  • Elections officials are confident that they can use sanitizer, social distancing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to make the polling places safe and secure for voters

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

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WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 3%     2018: 2%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee Voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

NO

Who can collect and return an absentee ballot other than the voter?

A designated bearer who can obtain no more than two absentee ballots per election

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • A voter statement and valid ID included with ballot

  • Address and signature matched to ballot application from absentee request form

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballot received by the day of the election

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

YES

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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