Change in Registration Procedure Affects All Arkansas Voters

LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) announced today that, as a result of changes made in the Secretary of State Motor Voter system, it will immediately implement a change in the procedure followed when a citizen updates voter information in a State Revenue Office. 

Voters who are only updating their registration will be required to answer all questions which are currently required for a new voter registration.

The additional questions that will be asked before updating a registration are:
  • Have you ever voted in a Federal Election in this state?
  • Are you a citizen of the United States of America and an Arkansas resident?
  • Will you be eighteen (18) years of age before Election Day?
  • Are you presently adjudged mentally incompetent by court of competent jurisdiction?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony without your sentence having been discharged or pardoned?
  • Do you claim the right to vote in another county or state?
This change in procedure is being implemented Effective Friday, May 16, 2014 at the request of the Arkansas Secretary of State. Voter information gathered by DFA in state Revenue Offices is transmitted to the Secretary of State’s Office pursuant to the Secretary of State’s Motor Voter program. That information is then forwarded by the Secretary of State to the appropriate county officials to update registration records.  

DFA regrets the inconvenience resulting from this change in procedure.

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