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The deadline for Baxter County and Mountain Home residents to register to vote for the general election is quickly approaching.
The last day to register to vote is on Oct. 11. Early voting for Baxter County begins on Oct. 24 at the Baxter County Courthouse, the Twin Lakes Plaza and the Baxter County Election Commission Headquarters.
Early voting will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Voters who hold off until election day can begin voting at 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Polling locations for election day are posted below.
Who can vote?
People looking to vote during this year’s elections in Arkansas must be U.S. citizens and reside in the state. Voters must also be 18 or older to vote and must register to vote before the cut-off date.
Residents with a felony criminal conviction or who have been judged to be mentally incompetent are not allowed to vote.
Voters must fill out a paper application to register to vote. Applications can be obtained from the following: county clerks, local revenue offices, public libraries, or online at tinyurl.com/ARVoterRegInfo. Applications must be filled out and returned by mail or in-person to a County Clerk.
New residents or new voters in Baxter County can visit the Baxter County Clerk’s Office at the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home to register to vote or update their information.
Applications are available in English or Spanish.
There are currently three ways to cast a ballot in Arkansas. Voters can vote through an absentee ballot, in-person during the early voting period, or in-person on election day.
Absentee ballots must be requested through the Baxter County Clerk. Voters qualify to vote via absentee ballot if they will be absent, are ill, are disabled, or are temporarily living outside the United States but permanently residing in Baxter County. Ballots are only available in English. Voters can bring someone with them to help translate. Electronic machines are used for voting on Election Day. Paper is used for absentee voting and sometimes for early voting.
Arkansas state law requires voters to show a photo ID when voting in person. People voting with an absentee ballot must also include a copy of their photo ID.
Voting is still allowed without a photo ID, but the vote will not be counted until an ID is brought to election officials. Voters have until noon on the Monday following the election to show their photo ID in person to the county clerk or county board of election commissioners. Election workers will ask voters for their name, address, and photo ID at voting locations.
Photo IDs you can use to vote include:
- Arkansas driver’s license or state ID card
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Military ID
- Employee badge or ID issued by Arkansas college or university
- Concealed handgun carry license
- Public assistance identification card
- Voter verification photo ID card issued by County Clerk
Where to vote?
Baxter County offers voters 13 locations throughout the county on election day. Only three locations are offered within the county limits during the early voting period.
On election day, voters can cast their ballots at:
BAXTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
- 1 East 7th Street Mtn Home, AR 72653
BAXTER COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION HQ
- 213 East 5th Street Mtn Home, AR 72653
BAXTER COUNTY TRAINING CENTER
- 170 Dillard Drive Midway, AR 72651
BIG FLAT CITY HALL
- Hwy 14, Big Flat, AR 72617
EAST SIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
- 718 E. 9TH St., Mtn Home, AR 72653
HENDERSON FIRE STATION
- 12487 Hwy 62 E., Henderson, AR 72544
LAKEVIEW CIVIC CENTER
- 14 Skyles Lane, Lakeview, AR 72642
LONE ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH
- 6726 Push Mtn Rd., Norfork, AR 72658
NORFORK FIRST BAPTIST
- 36 2nd Street, Norfork, AR 72658
NORTHEAST LAKESIDE FIRE STATION
- 5482 Hwy 62 E, Mtn Home, AR 72653
SALESVILLE CITY HALL
- 46 Gillespie St., Salesville, AR 72653
TWIN LAKES PLAZA
- 769 Business Hwy 62, Mtn Home, AR 72653
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
- 179 Memory Lane, Cotter, AR 72626