Early voter turnout strong, officials say

Election officials are pleased with the voter turnout in two days of early voting in Faulkner County.


A figure of 4,571 was provided by the County Clerk’s office as the total number of voters as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.


County Clerk Melinda Reynolds said additional polling places have increased the ease and number of early voters.


“The additional sites have opened it up. It has been two days and three hours and it’s a very good turnout,” she said.


Polls are being manned in three other cities during business hours at the Greenbrier City Events Center, Vilonia First Baptist Church and at Mayflower City Hall. Another site in Conway is the Faulkner County Library.


Early voting for sites other than the Faulkner County Courthouse are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. business days until Nov. 2 except for Saturday, when polls are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


The courthouse is open for voting 8 a.m.-6 p.m. business days until Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 5.


Off-site polling places will close at 6 p.m. Nov. 2.


A report posted on Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin’s Facebook page gave a total of 32,588 early votes cast on Tuesday. The county breakdown shows Faulkner with 2,024.


“We didn’t know how well it would be received,” Frank Shaw, Election Commission chairman said of the polling sites. “Our main goal was just to get multiple sites up and running. So far, it seems as if people are enjoying the fact that they have these places to go and vote.”


Shaw said the commission aims to “give voters as many choices as possible,” and to “allow everyone in the county the easiest opportunity to vote.”


(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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