Arkansas Constitution
Amendments
Amendment 51 - Voter Registration.

Section 1: Statement of policy

The purpose of this amendment is to establish a system of permanent personal registration as a means of determining that all who cast ballots in general, special and primary elections in this State are legally qualified to vote in such elections, in accordance with the Constitution of Arkansas and the Constitution of the United States.

Section 2: Definitions

As used in this amendment, the terms:

  1. "County Board of Registration" means the County Board of Election Commissioners in each of the several counties of this State.

  2. "Permanent Registrar" means the County Clerk in each of the several counties of this State.

  3. "Deputy Registrar" means the Deputy County Clerk or clerical assistants appointed by the County Clerk.

  4. "Election" means any general, special or primary election held pursuant to any provisions of the Constitution or statutes of the State of Arkansas; provided, that this amendment shall not apply to selection of delegates to party conventions by party committees or to selection of party committeemen by party conventions.

Section 3: Application

No person shall vote or be permitted to vote in any election unless registered in a manner provided for by this amendment.

Section 4: Permanent registration

When a voter is once registered under the provisions of this amendment, it is unnecessary for such voter again to register unless such registration is cancelled or subject to cancellation in a manner provided for by this amendment.

Section 5: Duties of registration officials

  1. Voter registration agencies shall distribute mail voter registration applications, provide assistance to applicants in completing voter registration application forms, unless the applicant refuses assistance, and accept completed voter registration application forms for transmittal to the appropriate permanent registrar via the Secretary of State. Voter registration agencies include the following:

    1. The Office of Driver Services of the Revenue Division of the Department of Finance and Administration and all State Revenue Offices;

    2. Public assistance agencies, which shall mean those agencies that provide services under the Food Stamps, Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs;

    3. Disabilities agencies, which shall mean agencies that offer state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities;

    4. Public libraries; and

    5. The Arkansas National Guard.

    1. The Secretary of State is designated as the chief election official. The Secretary shall prepare and distribute the pre-addressed postcard mail voter registration application forms described in 51-6 [section 6] of this amendment. Mail registration application forms shall serve for purposes of initial applications to register and shall also serve for changes of name, address, or party affiliation. Bilingual (Spanish/English) forms, braille forms, and large print forms shall be available upon request. The Secretary of State shall make the state mail voter registration application form available for distribution through governmental and private entities with particular emphasis on making them available for organized voter registration programs. Any person may distribute state registration cards. All registration cards shall be distributed to the public without charge.

    2. The Office of Driver Services and State Revenue Offices shall provide voter registration opportunities to those obtaining or renewing drivers licenses, personal identification cards, duplicate or corrected licenses or cards, or changing address or name whether in person or by mail. The Office of Driver Services and State Revenue Offices shall use a computer process, which combines the drivers license and voter registration applications, minimizing duplicative information, and shall have available the federal or state mail voter registration application form, which may be used upon request or when the computer process is not available. If a person declines to apply to register to vote, the Office of Driver Services or State Revenue Office shall retain the record of declination for two (2) years.

    3. All public assistance agencies shall provide a federal or state mail voter registration application form with each application for assistance, and with each recertification, renewal or change of address or name relating to such assistance. Public assistance agencies shall provide voter registration application forms as part of the intake process, or as a combined computer process when a computer process is available. Public assistance agencies shall use a process or form that combines the application for assistance with the voter registration application when available. Public assistance agencies shall also provide declination forms as described in 51-6 [section 6] of this amendment, which shall be retained for two (2) years if an applicant declines to apply to register to vote.

    4. All disabilities agencies shall provide a federal or state mail voter registration application form with each application for services and with each recertification, renewal or change of address or name relating to such services. Disabilities agencies shall provide voter registration application forms as part of the intake process, or as a combined computer process when a computer process is available. Disabilities agencies may use a form that combines the application for services or assistance with the voter registration application when available. If the disabilities agency provides services in a person's home, then the agency shall also provide voter registration services at the person's home. Disabilities agencies shall also provide declination forms as described in 51-6 [section 6] of this amendment, which shall be retained for two (2) years if an applicant declines to apply to register to vote.

    1. Employees of the Office of Driver Services and State Revenue Offices shall provide appropriate nonpartisan voter registration assistance and provide all applicants with a receipt containing the applicant's name and the date of the submission.

    2. Public assistance agencies and disabilities agencies shall train agency employees to provide the same degree of assistance in completing voter registration forms as is provided with regard to the completion of agency forms, unless the applicant refuses such assistance.

    3. Each revenue office, public assistance agency and disabilities agency shall provide ongoing training for employees who will be assisting persons with voter registration applications and shall include information regarding training procedures in the report filed with the Secretary of State pursuant to § 51-8(d) [section 8(d)] of this amendment.

    4. A person who provides voter registration assistance through any voter registration agency shall not:

      1. Seek to influence an applicant's political preference or party registration;

      2. Display any such political preference or party allegiance;

      3. Make any statement to an applicant or take any action to the purpose or effect of discouraging the applicant from registering to vote;

      4. Make any statement to an applicant or take any action to the purpose or effect of leading the applicant to believe that a decision to register or not to register has any bearing on the availability of services or benefits; or

      5. Disclose any applicant's voter registration information, except as necessary for the administration of voter registration.

  2. The Permanent Registrar shall provide office and clerical facilities and may employ such clerical assistants which he may deem necessary to fulfill the duties imposed by this amendment; provided, that all clerical assistants so employed shall have the qualifications required by law of eligible voters and shall be selected on the basis of competence and without reference to political affiliation.

  3. The State Board of Election Commissioners is authorized and, as soon as is possible after the effective date of this amendment, directed to prescribe, adopt, publish and distribute:

    1. such Rules and Regulations supplementary to this amendment and consistent with this amendment and other laws of Arkansas as are necessary to secure uniform and efficient procedures in the administration of this amendment throughout the State;

    2. a Manual of instruction for the information, guidance and direction of election officials within the state; and

    3. detailed specifications of the registration record files, the voter registration application forms and other registration forms, including voter registration list maintenance forms, all of which shall be consistent with this amendment and uniform throughout the State. [As amended by Acts 1995, No. 599, § 1; 1995, No. 947, § 1; 1995, No. 964, § 1.]

Section 6: Voter registration application forms

    1. The mail voter registration application form may only require identifying information, including signature or mark, and other information, including data relating to previous registration by the applicant, as is necessary to assess the applicant's eligibility and to administer voter registration and other parts of the election process.

    2. Such forms shall include, in identical print, statements that:

      1. Specify voter eligibility requirements;

      2. Contain an attestation that the applicant meets all voter eligibility requirements;

      3. Specify the penalties provided by law for submission of a false voter registration application;

      4. Inform applicants that where they register to vote will be kept confidential; and

      5. Inform applicants that declining to register will also be kept confidential.

    3. The following information will be required of the applicant:

      1. Full name;

      2. Mailing address;

      3. Residence address and any other information necessary to identify the residence of the applicant;

      4. If previously registered, the name then supplied by the applicant, and the previous address, county, and state;

      5. Date of birth;

      6. A signature or mark made under penalty of perjury that the applicant meets each requirement for voter registration;

      7. If the applicant is unable to sign his or her name, the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing assistance;

      8. If the applicant has a current and valid driver's license, the applicant's driver's license number;

      9. If the applicant does not have a current and valid driver's license, the last four (4) digits of the applicant's social security number; and

      10. If the applicant does not have a current and valid driver's license number or social security number, the Secretary of State will assign the applicant a number which will serve to identify the applicant for voter registration purposes, and this number shall be placed on the application.

    4. The following information may be requested on the registration card, but it shall not be required:

      1. Telephone number where the applicant may be contacted; and

      2. Political party with which the applicant wishes to be affiliated, if any.

    5. The mail voter registration application shall not include any requirement for notarization or other formal authentication.

    6. The mail voter registration application form shall include the following questions along with boxes for the applicant to check "yes" or "no" in response:

      1. "Are you a citizen of the United States of America and an Arkansas resident?";

      2. "Will you be eighteen (18) years of age on or before election day?";

      3. "Are you presently adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction?";

      4. "Have you ever pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or found guilty of a felony without your sentence having been discharged or pardoned?"; and

      5. "Do you claim the right to vote in another county or state?".

    7. The mail voter registration application form shall include the following statements immediately following the questions asked in subdivision (a)(6) of this section:

      1. "If you checked "No" in response to either questions A or B, do not complete this form.";

      2. "If you checked "Yes" in response to one or more of questions C, D, or E, do not complete this form."; and

        1. A statement informing the individual that if the form is submitted by mail and the individual is registering for the first time, a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter, must be submitted with the mailed registration form in order to avoid the additional identification requirements upon voting for the first time; or

        2. When the state acquires the capacity to match the registrant's driver's license number and the registrant's social security number to the registrant's name, the mail-in voter registration application form shall include the following statement in lieu of the statement contained in subdivision (6)(a)(7)(C)(i):

          "If your voter registration application form is submitted by mail and you are registering for the first time, in order to avoid the additional identification requirements upon voting for the first time you must submit with the mailed registration form: (a) your driver's license number; (b) the last four digits of your social security number; (c) a current and valid photo identification; or (d) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address."

    8. If an applicant for voter registration fails to provide any of the information required by this section, the permanent registrar shall notify the applicant of the failure and provide the applicant with an opportunity to complete the form in a timely manner to allow for its completion before the next election for federal office.

    9. The mail voter registration application shall be pre-addressed to the Secretary of State.

        1. The voter registration application portion of the process used by the Office of Driver Services and state revenue offices shall include:

          1. The question: "If you are not registered to vote where you live now, would you like to apply to register to vote here today?";

          2. A statement that, if an applicant declines to register to vote, the fact that the applicant has declined to register will remain confidential and will be used only for voter registration purposes;

          3. A statement that if an applicant does register to vote, the office at which the applicant submits a voter registration application will remain confidential and will be used only for voter registration purposes;

          4. Voter registration eligibility requirements;

          5. Penalties provided by law for providing false information;

          6. An attestation that the applicant meets each eligibility requirement; and

          7. A space for the applicant's signature or mark.

        2. The voter registration application portion shall require the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury, but shall not require notarization or other formal authentication.

      1. Public assistance agencies and disabilities agencies shall provide, in addition to the federal or state mail voter registration application form, a declination form, to be approved by the State Board of Election Commissioners, which includes the following question and statements:

        1. The question, in prominent type, "IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE WHERE YOU LIVE NOW, WOULD YOU LIKE TO APPLY TO REGISTER TO VOTE HERE TODAY? YES ... NO ...";

        2. The statement in close proximity to the question above and in equally prominent type, "IF YOU DO NOT CHECK EITHER BOX, YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE DECIDED NOT TO REGISTER TO VOTE AT THIS TIME";

        3. The statement, "APPLYING TO REGISTER OR DECLINING TO REGISTER TO VOTE WILL NOT AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE THAT YOU WILL BE PROVIDED BY THIS AGENCY";

        4. The statement, "IF YOU WOULD LIKE HELP IN FILLING OUT THE VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM, WE WILL HELP YOU. THE DECISION WHETHER TO SEEK OR ACCEPT HELP IS YOURS. YOU MAY FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM IN PRIVATE";

        5. The statement, "IF YOU BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE HAS INTERFERED WITH YOUR RIGHT TO REGISTER OR TO DECLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE, YOUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY IN DECIDING WHETHER TO REGISTER OR IN APPLYING TO REGISTER TO VOTE, OR YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN POLITICAL PARTY OR OTHER POLITICAL PREFERENCE, YOU MAY FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE AT ......." (filled in with the address and telephone number of the Secretary of State's office);

        6. The statement, "IF YOU DECLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE, THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE DECLINED TO REGISTER WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL BE USED ONLY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION PURPOSES"; and

        7. The statement, "IF YOU DO REGISTER TO VOTE, THE OFFICE AT WHICH YOU SUBMIT A VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL BE USED ONLY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION PURPOSES". [As amended by Acts 1971, No. 828, § 1; 1995, No. 947, § 2; 1995, No. 964, § 2; 2003, No. 995, § 1.]

Section 7: Registration record files

  1. By the deadline to establish a computerized statewide voter registration database under the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, including any waivers or extensions of that deadline, the Secretary of State shall define, maintain, and administer the official, centralized, and interactive computerized voter registration list for all voters legally residing within the State. The list shall include:

    1. The name, address, county, precinct, assigned unique identifier and registration information of every legally registered voter in the state;

    2. The inactive registration records of persons who have failed to respond to address confirmation mailings described in § 10 of this amendment;

    3. List maintenance information for each person receiving address confirmation notices or final address confirmation notices, or both, and the person's response; and

    4. Cancelled voter registration records and documentation noting the reason for cancellation.

  2. The computerized list shall serve as the single system for storing and managing the official list of registered voters throughout the state.

  3. The computerized list shall serve as the official voter registration list for the conduct of all elections for federal, state, county, municipal, school, or other office in the state.

  4. The permanent registrar of each county shall maintain copies of that county's precinct voter registration list from the statewide computerized list as necessary for holding elections.

  5. The computerized list shall be coordinated with other state agency records on felony status as maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center, records on death as maintained by the State Department of Health, and driver's license records maintained by the Office of Driver Services, according to § 9 of Amendment 51 to the Arkansas Constitution.

  6. A person with an inactive voter registration status may activate his or her voting status by appearing to vote at the precinct in which he or she currently resides or by updating his or her voter registration records with the permanent registrar of the county in which he or she resides.

  7. The county board of election commissioners or other lawfully designated election officials shall cause the appropriate precinct voter registration lists to be at the polling places on the date of elections, and shall return them at the close of the election to the office of the permanent registrar with the ballot boxes.

  8. If the legal residence of a voter is renamed, renumbered, or annexed, the permanent registrar or any local election official may change the name or number of the legal residence on the voter's registration record and any other voting records. Within fifteen (15) days after the records are changed to reflect the new name or number of the residence, the permanent registrar shall notify the voter by mail that the change has been made.

    1. The Secretary of State and any permanent registrar in the state, may obtain immediate electronic access to the information contained in the computerized list.

    2. All voter registration information obtained by any local election official in the state shall be electronically entered into the computerized list on an expedited basis at the time the information is provided to the local official.

    3. The Secretary of State shall provide the support as may be required so that local election officials are able to enter the information. [As amended by Acts 1971, No. 299, § 1; 1973, No. 149, §§ 1-4; 1977, No. 563, § 1; 1991, No. 410, § 1; 1995, No. 947, § 3; 1995, No. 964, § 3; 2003, No. 995, § 2.]

Section 8: Voter registration application records and reports

    1. The Office of Driver Services, State Revenue Offices, public assistance agencies, disabilities agencies, and other voter registration agencies shall transmit all completed voter registration applications to the Secretary of State in sufficient time to allow the Secretary of State to transmit the applications to the appropriate permanent registrar no later than ten (10) days after the date of acceptance by the assisting agency. When applications are accepted within five (5) days before the last day of registration for an election, they must be transmitted no later than five (5) days after the date of acceptance at the assisting agency.

    2. The Secretary of State shall transmit all mail voter registration applications to the appropriate permanent registrar no later than ten (10) days after the date of receipt. When applications are received within five (5) days before the last day of registration for an election, they must be transmitted no later than five (5) days after date of receipt. If forms are received by the wrong election office, they shall be forwarded to the appropriate permanent registrar not later than the fifth day after receipt.

  1. The Office of Driver Services, State Revenue Offices, public assistance agencies, disabilities and other voter registration agencies shall collect data on the number of voter registration applications completed or declined at each agency, and any additional statistical evidence that the Secretary of State or the State Board of Election Commissioners deems necessary for program evaluation and shall retain such voter registration data for a period of two (2) years.
    1. The Secretary of State shall collect, maintain, and publish monthly statistical data reflecting the number of new voter registration applications, changes of address, name, and party affiliation, and declinations received by mail and in:

      1. state revenue offices;

      2. public assistance agencies;

      3. disabilities agencies;

      4. recruitment offices of the Armed Forces of the United States;

      5. public libraries; and

      6. offices of the Arkansas National Guard.

    2. Every six (6) months the Secretary of State shall compile a statewide report available to the public reflecting the statistical data collected pursuant to subsection (a). This report shall be submitted to the Federal Election Commission for the national report pursuant to section (9)(a)(3) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The state report shall also include:

      1. numbers of and descriptions of the agencies, and the method of integrating voter registration in the agencies;

      2. an assessment of the impact of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 on the administration of elections;

      3. recommendations for improvements in procedures, forms, and other matters affected by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

  2. Every six (6) months the state-level administration of each voter registration agency shall issue a report to the Legislative Council and the Secretary of State containing the statistical and other information collected in each agency office, and recommendations for improvements in procedures, forms, and other matters, including training.

  3. Information relating to the place where a person registered to vote, submitted a voter registration application, or updated voter registration records, and information relating to declination forms is confidential and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, § 25-19-101, et seq. [As amended by Acts 1989, No. 540, § 1; 1995, No. 947, § 4; 1995, No. 964, § 4.]

Section 9: Application to register

  1. All persons may register who:

    1. Are qualified electors and who have not previously registered;

    2. Will become qualified electors during the thirty-day period immediately prior to the next election scheduled within the county; or

    3. Are qualified electors but whose registration has been cancelled in a manner provided for by this amendment.

  2. Registration shall be in progress at all times except during the thirty-day period immediately prior to any election scheduled within the county, during which period registration of voters shall cease for that election, but registration during such period shall be effective for subsequent elections.

    1. The permanent registrar shall register qualified applicants when a legible and complete voter registration application is received and acknowledged by the permanent registrar.

    2. Any person who assists applicants with a voter registration application as part of a voter registration drive or who gathers or possesses completed applications for submission to the permanent registrar or Secretary of State in furtherance of a voter registration drive, shall deliver all applications in his or her possession to the permanent registrar or Secretary of State within twenty-one (21) days of the date on the voter registration application and, in any event, no later than the deadline for voter registration for the next election.

    3. The permanent registrar shall register qualified applicants who apply to register to vote by mail using the state or federal mail voter registration application form if:

      1. A legible and complete voter registration application form is postmarked not later than thirty (30) days before the date of the election, or, if the form is received by mail without a postmark, not later than twenty-five (25) days before the date of an election; and

        1. The applicant provides a current valid driver's license number or the last four (4) digits of the applicant's social security number; or

        2. If an applicant for voter registration does not have a valid driver's license or a social security number, the Secretary of State shall assign the applicant a number that will serve as a unique identifier of the applicant for voter registration purposes.

  3. The permanent registrar shall notify applicants whether their applications are accepted or rejected, or are incomplete. If information required by the permanent registrar is missing from the voter registration application, the permanent registrar shall contact the applicant to obtain the missing information.

  4. The Secretary of State and the Director of the Office of Driver Services shall enter into an agreement to match information in the database of the statewide voter registration system with information in the database of the Office of Driver Services to the extent required to enable each official to verify the accuracy of the information provided on applications for voter registration. The Director of the Office of Driver Services shall enter into an agreement with the Commissioner of Social Security to verify driver's license information according to § 303 of the Federal Help America Vote Act of 2002.

  5. Registration records shall be entered promptly in the computerized statewide registration record files. If the applicant lacks one (1) or more of the qualifications required by law of voters in this state, the permanent registrar shall not register the applicant, but shall document the reason for denying the applicant's registration and promptly file or enter the application and the documented reason for denying registration in the statewide registration record files.

  6. If the permanent registrar has any reason to doubt the qualifications of an applicant for registration, he or she shall submit such application to the county board of election commissioners, and such board shall make a determination with respect to such qualifications and shall instruct the permanent registrar regarding the same.

  7. If any person eligible to register as a voter is unable to register in person at the permanent registrar's office by reason of sickness or physical disability, the permanent registrar shall register the applicant at his or her place of abode within such county, if practicable, in the same manner as if he or she had appeared at the permanent registrar's office.

  8. Notwithstanding other provisions of this amendment, every person in any of the following categories who is absent from the place of his or her voting residence may vote without registration by absentee ballot in any primary, special, or general election held in his or her election precinct if he or she is otherwise eligible to vote in that election:

    1. Members of the armed forces while in active service, and their spouses and dependents;

    2. Members of the Merchant Marines in the United States, and their spouses and dependents;

    3. Citizens of the United States temporarily residing outside the limits of the United States and the District of Columbia, and their spouses and dependents when residing with or accompanying them.

    1. The Secretary of State shall be responsible for providing to all absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters who wish to register to vote or vote in any jurisdiction in the state, information regarding voter registration procedures and absentee ballot procedures.

    2. No later than ninety (90) days after the date of each regularly scheduled general election for federal office, the Secretary of State shall submit a report, based on information submitted to him or her by the permanent registrars of each county, to the Election Assistance Commission on the combined number of absentee ballots transmitted to absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters for the election and the combined number of the ballots which were returned by the voters and cast in the election.

    3. The Secretary of State shall make the report available to the general public.

    4. Any person whose registration status or voting eligibility is affected adversely by an administrative determination under this amendment may appeal such adverse determination within five (5) days of receipt of notice thereof to the county board of election commissioners. The county board of election commissioners shall act on such appeal and render its decision within ten (10) days of its receipt. Within thirty (30) days after receipt of such decision, any aggrieved party may appeal further to the circuit court of the county.

    5. If an election law deadline occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the deadline shall be the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. [As amended by Acts 2003, No. 995, § 3; Acts 2005, No. 1952, § 1.]

Section 10: Transfer and change of status

  1. Upon a change of legal residence within the county, or a change of name, any registered voter may cause his registration to be transferred to his new address or new name by completing and mailing a federal or state mail voter registration application form, by updating his address at the Office of Driver Services, any state revenue office, public assistance agency, disabilities agency, or other voter registration agency, by signing a mailed request to the permanent registrar, giving his present address and the address at which he was last registered or his present name and the name under which he was last registered, or by applying in person at the office of the permanent registrar.

  2. If the change of legal residence is made pursuant to subsection (a) or subdivision (c)(1) of this section during the thirty-day administrative cut-off period immediately prior to any election scheduled within the county, the registered voter shall retain his right to vote in the scheduled election in the precinct to which he just moved.

  3. The permanent registrar shall conduct a uniform, nondiscriminatory address confirmation program during each odd-numbered year to ensure that voter registration lists are accurate and current. The address confirmation program shall be completed not later than ninety (90) days prior to a primary or general election for federal office. Based on change of address data received from the United States Postal Service or its licensees, or other unconfirmed data indicating that a registered voter no longer resides at his or her registered address, the permanent registrar shall send a forwardable address confirmation notice, including a postage-paid and preaddressed return card, to enable the voter to verify or correct the address information.

    1. If change of address data indicate that the voter has moved to a new residence address in the same county and, if the county is divided into more than one (1) congressional district, the same congressional district, the address confirmation notice shall contain the following statement:

      "We have received notification that you have moved to a new address in __________________ County (or in the __________________ Congressional District). We will reregister you at your new address unless, within ten (10) days, you notify us that your change of address is not a change of your permanent residence. You may notify us by returning the attached postage-paid postcard or by calling (__________) __________-__________. If this is not a permanent change of residence and if you do not notify us within ten (10) days you may be required to update your residence address in order to vote at future elections."

    2. If the change of address data indicates that the voter has moved to a new address in another county or, if a county is divided into more than one (1) congressional district, to a new address in the same county but in a new congressional district, the notice shall include the following statement:

      "We have received notification that you have moved to a new address not in __________________ County (or not in the __________________ Congressional District). If you no longer live in __________________ County (or in the __________________ Congressional District), you must reregister at your new residence address in order to vote in the next election. If you are still an Arkansas resident, you may obtain a form to register to vote by calling your county clerk's office or the Secretary of State. If your change of address is not a change of your permanent residence, you must return the attached postage-paid postcard. If you do not return this card and continue to reside in __________________ County (and in the __________________ Congressional District), you may be required to provide identification and update your residence address in order to vote at future elections, and if you do not vote at any election in the period between the date of this notice and the second federal general election after the date of this notice, your voter registration will be cancelled and you will have to reregister in order to vote. If the change of address is permanent, please return the attached postage-paid postcard which will assist us in keeping our voter registration records accurate."

  4. The county clerk may send out an address confirmation to any voter when they receive unconfirmed information that the voter no longer resides at the address on the voter registration records. The county clerk shall follow the same confirmation procedure as set forth in subsection (c).

  5. Based on change of address information received pursuant to subsections (a) and (c) of this section, the permanent registrar shall:

    1. Update and correct the voter's registration if the information indicates that the voter has moved to a new address within the same county and the same congressional district;

    2. Designate the voter as inactive if the information indicates the voter has moved to a new address in another county or to a new address in another congressional district in the same county or if the address confirmation notices have been returned as undeliverable; or

    3. Cancel the voter registration in the county from which the voter has moved if the voter verifies in writing that he or she has moved to a residence address in another county. [As amended by Acts 1977, No. 882, § 1; 1991, No. 581, § 1; 1995, No. 947, § 6; 1995, No. 964, § 6; 1999, No. 1108, § 1.]

Section 11: Cancellation of registration

  1. It shall be the duty of the permanent registrar to cancel the registration of voters:

    1. Who have failed to respond to address confirmation mailings described in section 10 of this amendment and have not voted or appeared to vote in an election during the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending on the day after the date of the second general election for federal office that occurs after the date of the address confirmation notice;

    2. Who have changed their residence to an address outside the county;

    3. Who have died;

    4. Who have been convicted of felonies and have not discharged their sentence or been pardoned;

    5. Who are not lawfully qualified or registered electors of this state, or of the county; or

    6. Who have been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.

  2. It shall be the duty of the permanent registrar of each county upon the registration of a person who has been registered previously in another county or state to notify promptly the permanent registrar of such other county or state of the new registration.

    1. It shall be the duty of the State Registrar of Vital Records to notify promptly the Secretary of State of the death of all residents of this state.

      1. The Secretary of State shall compile a listing of the deceased residents of this state and shall promptly provide this listing to the permanent registrar of each county.

      2. The deceased voter registration shall be cancelled by the permanent registrar.

    1. It shall be the duty of the circuit clerk of each county upon the conviction of any person of a felony to notify promptly the permanent registrar of the county of residence of such convicted felon.

      1. It is the duty of any convicted felon who desires to register to vote to provide the county clerk with proof from the appropriate state or local agency, or office that the felon has been discharged from probation or parole, has paid all probation or parole fees, or has satisfied all terms of imprisonment, and paid all applicable court costs, fines, or restitution.

      2. Proof that the felon has been discharged from probation or parole, paid all probation or parole fees, or satisfied all terms of imprisonment, and paid all applicable court costs, fines, or restitution shall be provided to the felon after completion of the probation, parole, or sentence by the Department of Correction, the Department of Community Correction, the appropriate probation office or the circuit clerk as applicable.

      3. The circuit clerk, or any other entity responsible for collection, shall provide proof to the Department of Correction, the Department of Community Correction, or the appropriate probation office that the felon has paid all applicable court costs, fines, or restitution.

      4. Upon compliance with subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section, the felon shall be deemed eligible to vote.

  3. Within ten (10) days following the receipt or possession of information requiring any cancellation of registration, other than under section 11(a)(1) of this amendment, the permanent registrar shall cancel the registration, note the date of the cancellation, the reason for the cancellation, and the person cancelling the registration.

    1. The permanent registrar shall, thirty (30) days before cancellation, notify all persons whose registration records are to be cancelled in accordance with section 11(a)(1) of this amendment. The notice may be either by publication or by first class mail. The notice by mail shall be as follows:

      "NOTICE OF IMPENDING CANCELLATION OF VOTER REGISTRATION.

      According to our records you have not responded to our address confirmation notice and you have not voted in any election during the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending on the day after the date of the second general election for federal office after the date of the first notice. This may indicate that you no longer live at the residence address printed on the postcard.

      If your permanent residence address is still the same as the printed address on this postcard YOU MUST CONFIRM YOUR RESIDENCE ADDRESS in order to remain on the voter registration list. If you do not return the attached postcard within thirty (30) days after the date postmarked on this card YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE CANCELLED and you will have to re-register to vote."

    2. When, in response to the notice, a qualified voter requests the permanent registrar not to cancel the voter registration, the voter registration shall not be cancelled under section 11(a)(1) of this amendment.

  4. The permanent registrar is authorized, and may be directed by the county board of registration, to determine by mail check, house to house canvass, or any other reasonable means at any time within the whole or any part of the county whether active record registration files contain the names of any persons not qualified by law to vote. Further, upon application based upon affidavits of one (1) or more qualified voters by the prosecuting attorney for the county, the circuit judge of the county, for good cause shown, may order the permanent registrar to make sure determination or to cancel the registration of such unqualified persons. [As amended by Acts 1977, No. 744, § 1; 1983, No. 11, § 1; 1987, No. 800, § 1; 1991, No. 581, § 2; 1995, No.947, § 7; 1995, No. 964, § 7; 2001, No. 560, § 1; 2003, No. 271, § 1; 2003, No. 375, § 1; 2003, No. 1451, § 1.]

Section 12: Loss or destruction of voter registration records

In the event any Registration Record or File shall become lost or destroyed, the Permanent Registrar shall prepare, from the remaining Files, temporary copies of the registration records if necessary for the conduct of any election. The Permanent Registrar shall send notice of such fact by first-class mail to any voter whose registration record has been lost, destroyed or mutilated in order that such voter may register again. The previous registration shall be cancelled at the time of the new registration, and in any event within sixty (60) days after mailing of such notice. [As amended by Acts 1995, No. 947, § 9; 1995, No. 964, § 9.]

Section 13: Fail-safe voting

If a voter presents himself at a polling place on the date of an election but no record of his voter registration can be located by the judges of the election on the precinct voter registration list, such voter shall be permitted to vote only under the conditions set forth in § 7-5-306 or § 7-7308. [As amended by Acts 1973, No. 149, §§ 5, 6; 1995, No. 947, § 10; 1995, No. 964, § 10.]

Section 14: Voter registration lists

  1. By the first day of June of each year, and at such other times as may be practicable, all Permanent Registrars shall, and at their discretion at other times may, print or otherwise duplicate and publish lists of registered voters by precincts, and may distribute such lists pursuant to §§ 7-5-105 and 7-5-109. A copy of the most current such list in each precinct shall be furnished the election officials at each precinct at the time the ballot boxes are delivered and such election officials shall post said list at a conspicuous place in the polling area.

  2. By the first day of June of each year, the Permanent Registrar shall certify to the Secretary of State the total number of registered voters in the county. The Secretary of State shall tabulate the total number of registered voters in the state and shall make such information available to interested persons upon request. [As amended by Acts 1995, No. 947, § 11; 1995, No. 964, §11.]

Section 15: Penalties

  1. Any person who shall maliciously and intentionally destroy, steal, mutilate or unlawfully detain or obtain any voter registration form or any Registration Record Files shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in the sum of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or be imprisoned in the State Penitentiary for a period of not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years, or both.

  2. Any public official or election official who wilfully violates any provision of this amendment shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall also be removed from such office.

  3. Any other person who wilfully violates any provision of this amendment shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. [As amended by Acts 1995, No. 947, § 12; 1995, No. 964, § 12.]

Section 16: Severability

If any provision of this amendment or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the amendment which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this amendment are declared to be severable.

Section 17: Effect on other laws

This amendment supersedes and repeals the requirement of Amendment No. 8 that a poll tax receipt be presented prior to registration or voting, and further supersedes and repeals Act 19 of 1964 and all other laws or parts of laws in conflict herewith.

Section 18: Appropriations

The General Assembly shall make such appropriations as may be required for the effectuation of this amendment.

Section 19: Amendment

The General Assembly may, in the same manner as required for amendment of laws initiated by the people, amend Sections 5 through 15 of this amendment, so long as such amendments are germane to this amendment, and consistent with its policy and purposes.

Section 20: Short title

This amendment shall be known as the "Arkansas Amendment for Voter Registration without Poll Tax Payment."

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