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Today is AR Voter Registration Deadline for Nov. 8 Elections

Tuesday is the last day to register in Arkansas in order to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election. (outline205/iStockphoto)
Tuesday is the last day to register in Arkansas in order to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election. (outline205/iStockphoto)
October 11, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Today is the last day in Arkansas to register to vote in the November 8th general election, and there is a push to get the maximum number of voters signed up. In addition to the hotly contested presidential election, there will be numerous state and local races on the ballot, as well as a number of constitutional amendments, including two to legalize marijuana for medical use.

H.L. Moody, communications director for the Arkansas Democratic Party, said if you've waited until today to register, it's still easy to do.

"The quickest way to do it is to go to the Arkansas Secretary of State's website," he said. "They have the resources there and you can download the voter registration form and just pop that in the mail. As long as it's postmarked, it'll be acceptable for the November election."

Moody reminded voters that they cannot send in the form online, but must print, sign, and mail it by today. He added that more than 1 million Arkansans voted in the 2012 election, an almost 67 percent turnout, and he hopes the state can top those numbers this year.

Early voting begins on October 24th, and statistics show that 47 percent of all the ballots cast in November 2012 were in either early or absentee voting. Moody believes a heavy turnout favors Democratic candidates.

"Turnout's always critical for us," he added. "We feel like the more people that vote, the more Democrats win, so it's important for us to get our folks out. So again, we're going to have that aggressive field program where folks are knocking on their door and making the phone calls reminding them to vote."

He said his party is concentrating on a small number of key races this time around.

"We've focused mostly this year on legislative races, and we have a couple handfuls of targeted races that we're dealing with. So, we've done some paid canvassing in those neighborhoods and we've worked with a lot of partner groups on voter registration this year."

Moody added that if you are already registered, it's a good idea to make sure all of your information is correct to avoid delays at the voting booth. Updates can be made online at the Secretary of State's website or through your local county clerk's office.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service - AR