Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a reminder that active duty military men and women can vote absentee.
Voting absentee may be confusing and often an option some may not be aware of. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ensures voting eligibility in the military member’s state of legal residence.
“The deadline is quickly approaching to register to vote to be able to cast a vote in November’s general election,” Rutledge said in a news release. “It is important that all Arkansans have their voices heard in November, including our military service members who are currently stationed outside of their home state or country. Absentee ballots can be requested by contacting the county clerk where the service member is registered to vote.”
Rutledge shared Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin’s list of qualifications for voting absentee:
• The voter will be unavoidably absent from the polling site on election day.
• The voter will be unable to attend the polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability.
• The member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines, spouse or a dependent family member is away from the polling location due to the member’s active duty status.
• A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States is eligible to vote absentee.
According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Elections Division, absentee ballots can be delivered through either the U.S. Postal Service or Ballot Safe, a secure online website. If the military service member decides to download the ballot instead of receiving a hard copy, the ballot will need to be printed, filled out and mailed to the county clerk, postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 6.
Military and family members are eligible to vote in their state of legal residence. This could be an original address, or the families can change their legal residence at each permanent duty station change. The American Bar Association encourages military families to keep voter registration, vehicle registration and State of legal residence the same for tax purposes, according to the news release.
Details: Arkansas Attorney General’s office, ArkansasAG.gov, facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge or 800-482-8982.