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[intro music] Hello, Arkansas!

Before you can vote, you've gotta make sure that you're registered to vote. You can check whether you're already registered using the link in the description, but if you're not registered yet, or if you've moved since the last time you've voted, you'll need to fill out a new registration form.

The only way to register in Arkansas is with a paper form, which I know is a pain, but you can download and print the form out using the link below and you have to mail it in by October 9th if you want to be registered in time for the November midterm elections. You can also go to your county clerk's office, the DMV, your public library, or a disability agency and fill out a form in person. Once your registration is processed, you'll get a confirmation letter from your county clerk's office, so if it's getting close to election day, and you still haven't gotten that letter, make sure you use that link below or call your county clerk to confirm that you're registered.

So you're registered. Great. If you want to vote early, you have two options.

Absentee voting by mail is available only if you will be unavoidably absent from your county in Arkansas on the day of the election, or if you have a disability that prevents you from going to the polls. If either one of those situations apply to you, you can print off the application using the link below, and mail it to your county clerk's office at least a week prior to election day. They'll send you a ballot, and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace and send it back by November 6th.

The other way you can vote early is to vote in person at your county clerk's office. This starts October 22nd and goes until November 5th. Your early voting location should be open 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday, up until the day before the election when they will close at 5.

On election day, you can head to your polling location between am and pm. If you don't know where to go to vote, you can look up your polling location using the link below. Whether you're voting early or on election day, you'll need to bring a photo ID with you-this is a new law since the last general election, so make sure you have a photo ID like a driver's license, passport, or college student ID.

If you don't have one, you can get a free voter verification ID at your county clerk's office, but make sure you have the ID you need sooner rather than later. Before you head to the polls, it's a good idea to look at a sample ballot. As the election gets closer, you can find one using the link below.

It'll tell you everything that you'll be able to vote for on November 6th. You do not have to vote for every single thing on the ballot for it to count, but looking at the sample ballot ahead of time gives you a chance to research all of the candidates in those really important local elections. You can even fill it out and bring it with you to the polls so you can be sure you remember how you want to vote.

The best thing to do if you're planning to vote in the midterms is to make a plan to vote right now. Everything from what day you're going to register to whether you're going to vote in person or absentee. What kind of ID are you going to use, and do you know where your polling place is?

Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to your friend. Just make a plan so that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 6th. There will be links for everything you need to check your registration, vote early, and find your polling location in the description.

Thank you for voting. [end music]