Arkansas Voting Records online consist of voter registration lists and election returns. Indexed collections will be the easiest to search; image-only collections will contain the most information.
In the United States voting rights have always come with limitations. In the 1700s and early 1800s, voting rights were restricted primarily to white men who owned property and some states restricted voting rights even further.
During the 1800s voting rights restrictions were gradually reduced and voters didn’t need to own property and, after 1870, race was not a qualification to vote but some states still restricted voting through poll taxes (a tax paid to vote which affected the less affluent), literacy tests, all-white primaries, and language requirements.
The 1900s saw the greatest expansion of voting rights including:
rights were extended to women (1920)
the Voting Rights Acts to prevent additional prohibitive voting laws (1965)
poll taxes were banned in the U.S. by the Supreme Court (1966)
the right to vote for anyone 18 years old or older (1971)
protection for language minorities (1975)
protection for people with disabilities (1982)
and simplified voter registration (1993).
Voting records may include:
physical description of person
place of birth
citizenship status, if naturalized, date, court
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Arkansas Voting Records online
Arkansas – Voting Records – Arkansas, County Voter Registration Records, 1868-1910, at FS
Arkansas – Voter Records – Election returns : [the following is the total vote received by each candidate in 1892 election], at FS
Arkansas County – Voting Registers – Arkansas County (Arkansas); Voter Lists, 1868, 1872, at FS
Franklin County – Voting Registers – Register of Legal Voter, 1868-1873, at FS
Hempstead County – Voting Registers – Register of Legal Voters, 1868, at FS
Howard County – Voting Registers – Record of Voters, 1904-1916, at FS
Independence County – Voting Registers – Voters Register, 1873, at FS
Lawrence County – Voting Registers – Records of Voters, 1893-1910, at FS
Lawrence County – Voting Registers – Register of Legal Voters, 1869-1873, at FS
Newton County – Voting Registers – Register of Legal Voters, 1868, at FS
Pope County – Voting Registers – Voters Record, 1872, at FS
Sevier County – Voting Registers – Arkansas, Sevier County, Record of Voters, 1868-1966, at FS (indexed)
Sevier County – Voting Registers – Arkansas, Sevier County, Record of Voters, 1868-1966, at FS
Sevier County – Voting Registers – Registration of Voters, 1868, 1870, at FS