Elections are how we hold our elected officials accountable. For this reason, educators must be involved. The 2018 election season is in full swing, and many of the state legislative races will be decided in the primary election on May 22.
The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 primary elections is April 23. Early voting begins May 7. Check your registration here.
In a primary election, registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s nominee for elected office to run in the general election.
Arkansas has open primaries which allow a voter to vote on a ballot of their choosing even if they are not a member of the party. Voters will be asked to select a Republican, Democratic, or nonpartisan ballot when they arrive at the polling place. Judicial races will also appear on the May 22nd ballot, along with some school board races.
You can vote at your poll on Election Day, May 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling place at Arkansas Voter View.
Bring your ID:
In March 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. Under this law, a voter who does not possess the required form of identification may cast a provisional ballot after signing a sworn statement attesting to his or her identity.
During the preferential primary early voting is available May 7, through the 21st. Voting locations are open between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Off-site early voting hours may vary by county; watch your local newspaper or contact your county clerk for information.
You can find more information about elections in Arkansas at the Secretary of State’s website.