Voters Turning Out Early In Arkansas

Nov 5, 2018

Some early voting sites will remain open until 5 p.m. Monday. Polls will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Voter turnout in this midterm election is expected to be higher than in recent years, both nationally and in Arkansas. Chris Powell, spokesman for the Arkansas Secretary of State, said predictions of high turnout are holding true in some parts of the state.

"Some counties are reporting pretty high turnout," Powell said. "Saline County reported that they're already at 31 percent turnout, and Craighead County's got 22 percent. It's going to vary across the state. I think the statewide numbers [for early voting will be about] 23.5 percent of total registered voters."

As of Monday morning nearly 400,000 votes have already been cast in Arkansas with another 20,000 voting with absentee ballots.

Election tampering or errors remain a concern for some voters during this midterm election. Powell said the number of issues reported by early voting sites in the state is typical.

"I know Washington County's had a couple of issues, maybe a couple of precincts where candidates were left off and they had to address that. There have been a couple of other reports from the eastern side of the state, but every election we have a few things like this happen – going to have some errors here and there, but statewide we've not seen just a mass of problems," said Powell.

Susan Inman, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State was left off the ballot in Garland County. Officials corrected the omission after a little over 200 votes had already been cast.

According to Powell, Election Day is still expected to be when the majority of voters cast their ballots. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day Tuesday. Voting locations can be found here.