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Spread the Word about Absentee Voting!

Aug 4, 2020

Tell your friends! You can now request an absentee ballot for the November election due to the coronavirus.

As Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston announced, COVID19 is a valid reason to be unavoidably absent from the polling site on election day. If a person doesn’t feel safe going to a polling site due to COVID19, they can request an absentee ballot by selecting “unavoidably absent.”

You can request an absentee ballot application from the library through curbside pickup by calling 479-621-1152. Although we are currently open via appointment only, we are encouraging curbside pickup to reduce the amount of people in the library so we can keep staff and patrons safe.

The application will contain the physical address, fax number, and email address for returning the application to the Benton County Clerk’s office.

There are several options on the absentee ballot application that may be confusing, so we reached out to the Benton County Clerk’s office for clarification.

If you are choosing to receive an absentee ballot due to the coronavirus, you will check “I will be unavoidably absent from my polling site on Election Day.”

For the choice of elections, voters can choose: (Depending on which application you have.)

    1. General Election (November) and/or General Election Runoff
    2. Nonpartisan General Election only
    3. General Election/Nonpartisan Runoff & General Election Runoff OR
    4. All Elections

You can scan and email completed applications to absentee@bentoncountyar.gov

The deadline for the County Clerk’s office to mail ballots is October 27th. They are requesting that you fill out the applications and send it to them as soon as possible.

To print a blank absentee ballot application, confirm your voter registration, or find additional election information, go to: http://Vote.BentoncountyAR.Gov and click on “Absentee Ballot.”

If you live outside Benton County, go here to request your ballot: www.sos.arkansas.gov