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Early voter turnout strong, officials say

Posted: October 24, 2012 - 4:45pm

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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ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 10/24/12 - 04:50 pm
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Hmm

As Darth Vader would say: "The early voting is strong with this county."

ucabear09
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ucabear09 10/24/12 - 06:30 pm
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I Voted

At the Courthouse on Monday after work. Took no more than 10 minutes to complete the whole process. Glad to have the option!

Older Citizen
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Older Citizen 10/24/12 - 07:45 pm
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Wednesday

Waiting an hour in a long, long line at the library, with my elderly Mother-in-law in a chair. The poll workers must be very tired, because there were many, many people to be assisted through the process. It was very well managed!!! Great experience.

Only improvement--use the meeting room chairs with high arm rests for the seating of the infirm. They need the arms of the chairs to push up on to regain standing position! They are no more difficult to move than the folding chairs! thank you!

sandydee
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sandydee 10/24/12 - 08:00 pm
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Amazing more polling places equals more votes

I guess all the contested races meant the election commission led by Shifty Shaw figured they better actually start making voting easier. Maybe fear or choice can be a motivator.

but anything that helps votes is a good thing. It doesn't matter who you vote for just vote.

sevenof400
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sevenof400 10/25/12 - 10:34 am
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On Thursday morning.....

...very short line and moving quick.

kelly.bobby
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kelly.bobby 10/25/12 - 12:14 pm
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in and out

It took only 15 minutes Monday morning.

I strongly encourage everyone in Faulkner County to vote early.

DJB1971
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DJB1971 10/25/12 - 12:36 pm
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In-N-Out...

Pleeeeeaaase be saying that you are taking about a new burger chain coming to Conway.

http://www.in-n-out.com/

General Disarray
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General Disarray 10/25/12 - 01:36 pm
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funny...

You were thinking food while I was having perverted thoughts when I read:

"in and out

It took only 15 minutes Monday morning."

kelly.bobby
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kelly.bobby 10/26/12 - 06:58 am
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No.

No.

justask
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justask 10/25/12 - 02:25 pm
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The line was long about lunchtime

today at the library, and by the time I left they were reaching the door. It took me about 35 minutes to go through the line, but people were being patient. The election volunteer I chatted with said they had to turn away voters who were lined up outside the door at 6 p.m. the past couple of days. Looks like morning is the best time to go now.

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