Arkansas

Snapshot: Arkansas scores poorly on voting access, meeting just three of our seven benchmarks, and has a middling score on ballot security, meeting five of our eight benchmarks. The state’s elected officials largely did not endorse Trump’s claims about the 2020 elections.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
3 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
5 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Several responses that undermined the 2020 election
2 out of 4 benchmarks

Voters in the state who show up at their polling place without a photo ID will now need to make a second trip to the elections office.Previously, voters who forgot their ID were able to sign a sworn statement to have their ballot counted.

But since a 2021 law was enacted, voters now have to cast a provisional ballot and return to the elections office within a week to show photo ID in order to have it counted.

Nationally, as many as 3 in 10 provisional ballots are not counted, in part because voters often fail to make the second trip.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Arkansas compares to other states
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A 2021 law bars local elections administrators from changing the location of a polling place within 30 days of an election.

According to statistics from University of Florida political science professor Michael McDonald, the state’s turnout rate among all people eligible to vote was the second lowest in the country in 2020.

The state also had the second-highest rate of rejection for mail-in ballots in the country in 2020.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
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Lawmakers also barred local elections administrators from sending mail-in ballot applications to voters who have not requested them, expanded the powers of the state elections board to investigate complaints, required that voting machines not be connected to the internet, and created a hotline to report suspected violations of election law.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
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How Arkansas compares to other states
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Attorney General Leslie Rutledge supported a Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the election.

One of Arkansas’ four Republican US representatives objected to the certification of Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania. Two signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas lawsuit.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
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