Arkansans joined voters in 13 other states and one territory on Super Tuesday to pick, among other races, the Democratic nominee for president. In Pulaski County, voters are also choosing an Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, a statewide race, as well as certain circuit court judgeship positions and others.
Outside of Little Rock’s Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, supporters of at least nine different candidates lined up and waved signs to ongoing cars and to voters entering the building to vote.
Sherry Lee is supporting Gary Rogers, a candidate for a circuit judgeship position. She voted last week so she could canvas for 12 hours on Tuesday. She believes Arkansas moving up its primary to Super Tuesday as opposed to May placed an importance on spreading awareness about the election.
"I think a lot of people are not really used to Super Tuesday. So it’s basically still getting the word out. I can’t tell you how many people that I’ve talked to in the past couple of months and they didn’t have a clue that March 3 was a voting day," Lee said.
Lee is one of over 23,800 people in Pulaski County who voted early, according to the Pulaski County Election commission. Over 18,000 Democratic ballots were counted while the number of Republican ballots totaled more than 5,300. Just over 290 people chose the non-partisan ballot instead of a Democratic or a Republican ballot. Claire Lieblong is one resident using the non-partisan ballot and just voting in the judicial elections.
"Because I don’t align with either party so I see both sides of both parties and I don’t align completely with either," Lieblong said. She says she does feel there has been more enthusiasm with Arkansas voting on Super Tuesday this year.
"Just that it’s important to vote and make sure your voice is heard," Lieblong said.
Susan Hiller volunteered St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on election day. She said there had been a constant flow of voters all day.
"And this is the first time that Saint Margaret’s has had the polling location and we. just wanted to support not only the voting itself but also the church," Hiller said.
Lana McIntyre, a supporter of President Trump, voted at Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church and said the process was incredibly easy. She says though Trump will handedly earn the nomination from Arkansas, she still wanted to vote for him.
"It’s important that I show my support for him and this is the way that I can in addition to supporting my local candidates," McIntyre said.
Polls are open until 7:30 this evening.