by Max Brantley
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:
a.) Have you ever voted in a Federal Election in this state?
b.) Are you a citizen of the United States of America and an Arkansas resident?
c.) Will you be eighteen (18) years of age before Election Day?
d.) Are you presently adjudged mentally incompetent by court of competent jurisdiction?
e.) Have you ever been convicted of a felony without your sentence having been discharged or pardoned?
f.) 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.
When a voter is once registered under the provisions of this amendment, it is unnecessary for such voter again to register unless such registration is cancelled or subject to cancellation in a manner provided for by this amendment.
All of the questions asked are questions found on the voter registration application. Section 10 of amendment 51 lays out the transfer and change of status “… any registered voter may cause his or her registration to be transferred to his or her new address or new name by completing and mailing a federal or state mail voter registration application…”. The questions asked are not new. They are located in boxes 8 and 10 on the voter registration form.
... by updating his address at the Office of Driver Services, any state revenue office, public assistance agency, disabilities agency, or other voter registration agency, by signing a mailed request to the permanent registrar, giving his present address and the address at which he was last registered or his present name and the name under which he was last registered, or by applying in person at the office of the permanent registrar.