Arkansas

The Natural State

Motto:
Regnat populus (The People Rule)


Constitution

2020 Arkansas voters requested 130,379 absentee ballots and returned 118,294. Overall 1,219,069 ballots were cast in Arkansas in 2020, putting overall state turnout at about 56%. The state voted decisively for incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 6 electoral votes with 62% of the popular vote. Arkansas has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 2000.

Arkansas has a bicameral legislature with 35 senators and 100 representatives. The legislature meets in January and adjourns in April. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2013. Asa Hutchinson (R), who was endorsed by president Donald Trump in 2018, is the current governor and is not eligible for re-election in 2022, due to Arkansas’ gubernatorial term limit laws.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseVoter is eligible if unavoidably absent from polling location on Election DayCOVID-19 added to list of excuses by Governor's proclamation.No Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Deadline7 days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Arkansas averages a 57% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

Cases