It has been estimated that in 2008, 6 million Americans did not vote because they either missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.

We want to make sure every Arkansans who wishes to vote in the November election has that opportunity. The deadline to register for the upcoming election is October 10.

On September 27, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. By partnering with non-profits not usually engaged in voter registration drives, and amplifying existing drives through event-based recruitment and cultural outreach, National Voter Registration Day will bring together thousands of volunteers across the nation to register voters.

Be aware that submitting your voter application in Arkansas does not guarantee your registration. You must receive acknowledgment of your registration from the county clerk.

Currently, there are 1,703,609 registered voters in Arkansas. We hope to see that number increase in the coming days ahead.

We also hope if you are registered that you take advantage of every opportunity to cast your ballot. Early voting begins October 24 leaving Arkansans several days to get to the polls.

In 2012, less than 67% of registered voters cast a ballot. Minnesota had the highest voter turnout that year with 76% of the state’s population voting.

Although the presidential election is making the most headlines, it is just one of many decisions on the ballot that will have an impact on our communities. There are ballot initiatives, state legislative races, and many city council positions that will be determined this November. Your vote matters a great deal.

You can register to vote at your local county clerk’s office, library, public assistance office, or you may print a form at www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections and mail it to the Secretary of State’s Office.