Arkansas D.C. delegation sticks to Election Day voting


When it comes to voting, Arkansas’s Congressional delegation is made up mostly of traditionalists.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., went to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots. So did Reps. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, and Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock.

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, was the only member of the delegation to vote early – joining 439,261 other Arkansans who took advantage of the two-week early voting period this year.

“He usually voted on election day but he’s not on the ballot this year,” said Dustin Smith, a spokesman for Ross, who is not seeking re-election.

Womack’s campaign issued a press release earlier Tuesday saying he had voted in Rogers for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and hoped to work with his administration “to pass real reforms.”

Crawford and Griffin, who are also seeking re-election to Congress, voted this morning. Crawford voted in Jonesboro and Griffin in Little Rock, according to their spokesmen.

While Pryor and Boozman are not on the ballot this year, both waited until Election Day to go to the polls. Boozman voted this morning in Rogers and Pryor voted in Little Rock.

The Secretary of State’s office said 439,262 voters cast ballots during the two-week early voting period that began Oct. 22 and ended at 5 p.m. Monday, eclipsing the 2008 early-voting total of 402,904. This year’s total comprises 27 percent of the state’s 1.6 million registered voters and includes 33,022 votes cast on the final day of early voting.