Voting at Bud Walton

Dear U of A Community,  

Good news! Thursday through Saturday, October 22-24, Bud Walton Arena will be open as an early voting center for Washington County. On Thursday and Friday, Bud Walton will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday it will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make this even easier, parking lots 46, 60, 52, 56B and 56 will be available on voting days without a permit. This is the first time a voting site has been available on campus — thanks to the hard work of student government advocating for this opportunity.

If you are registered and able, please vote. Your voice matters, your vote matters, and voting affects our lives in Fayetteville just as much as it affects national politics, perhaps even more.  

If you are already registered in the State of Arkansas, you have until October 30 to change your voter registration to Washington County. You will be able to change your address at Bud Walton, but I recommend changing your address beforehand, as it can take time.   

Simply fill out a new voter registration form and complete section A if you’ve recently changed your name and section B if you’ve changed your address. Your registration should be at your current address, even if it’s a residence hall or Greek house.  

See the Associated Student Government's detailed guide for name and address changes for help. 

In addition to voting at Bud Walton during this time, you can also vote at other early voting sites in Washington County from Oct. 19-Nov. 2.  Election Day is Nov. 3.  

As Razorbacks, we have a responsibility to our community, and voting is one of the best ways to act on that responsibility. And although masks are not required to vote at polling places, I encourage you all to wear one to keep our community safe.

Another way that we are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 is through a new testing campaign for students. Some of you will hear from me this week about getting tested for COVID-19. We want to help stop the spread of the virus, better understand positivity rates among our campus community, and most importantly protect you, your family and friends and the rest of campus as you prepare to head home for the Thanksgiving holiday.   


Stay safe, stay healthy and stay engaged by voting.


Joe Steinmetz, Ph.D.