• Comment

County prepares for Primary Election Day

Posted: May 19, 2014 - 2:51pm

The courthouse polling site will be closed and all the others in the county will open at 7:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m.

Polling sites include: McGee Sports Center on College Avenue, Conway Sports Center on Lower Ridge Road, Trillium Retirement Park on Hogan Lane, Grace Methodist Church on Hogan Lane, Peace Lutheran Church, Pickles Gap Baptist Church and True Holiness Church in East Cadron, Beaverfork Volunteer Fire Department, Salem Baptist Church, Mayflower City Hall, Enders Community Center, Naylor United Methodist Church, Guy City Hall, Wooster Volunteer Fire Department, First Baptist Church Life Center in Vilonia, Beryl Baptist Church, Enola City Hall, Springhill Baptist Church Family Life Center, Greenbrier City Events Center, Holland City Hall, Hendrix College, Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Vernon City Hall, Mount Gayle Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Cato Volunteer Fire Department, Damascus City Hall, Bethlehem Baptist Church Family Life Center and UCA Campus.

As of early Monday afternoon, more than 4,500 people had voted. County Clerk Melinda Reynolds, who isn’t running for re-election, said that she hasn’t heard of any problems.

Most of the county’s electronic voting machines are 12 years old. Their veracity has been questioned in the past, but Reynolds said they seemed to “still be running strong” during this year’s early voting.

Problems in recent years have usually involved the machines’ paper ballot printers failing. Any machine not correctly recording on-screen votes on the paper “scroll” visible to the voter should be reported.

In addition to the primary elections, tomorrow’s “main event” voting day will decide four of Faulkner County’s five judicial circuits — meaning that every circuit judge position in the county except for Charles “Ed” Clawson — the longest-serving judge who didn’t draw an opponent — is up for grabs. 

The judicial candidates are:

1st Division: Amy Brazil and Mike Murphy

2nd Division: Troy Braswell and Joe Don Winningham

4rd Division: Angela Byrd and David Clark

5th Division: Doralee Chandler and H.G. Foster

Also, we will know — or should know if the election is snag-free — who the Faulkner County Sheriff will be. Andy Shock is running for re-election against Joe Taylor, a Major in the Conway Police Department. 

  • Comment