Gov. Hutchinson signs order allowing absentee voting in Arkansas

The deadline to register to vote is October 5 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 27.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Governor Hutchinson signed an executive order Friday, officially allowing Arkansans concerned about COVID-19 to vote using absentee ballots in the upcoming election.

The order also allows county clerks to prepare, but not open, any ballots that are received before election day.

The governor says that will help poll workers tally votes faster on election day.

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The deadline to register to vote is October 5 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 27.