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Early voting begins Monday


While it has not been warm enough to match many past election seasons in Arkansas, the party preferential primaries and nonpartisan judicial general election will be held May 22.

Early and absentee voting begins Monday. The number of individuals who elect to cast early ballots and avoid the long lines on election day continues to grow during each political season

Heading the ballot are the names of four Republicans, including two who have ended their campaigns, and two Democrats seeking primary nominations for president. Three Democrats and three Republicans are on the ballot for their party’s nomination in the November general election for the Fourth Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott is not seeking re-election.

Two candidates are on the ballot for the Position 4 seat on the state Supreme Court, while the two incumbent district judges in the county are unopposed.

Two Democrats are seeking the state Senate District 27 seat, while three Democrats are in the running for the state House District 10 post. With Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb in the District 10 race, three Democrats are seeking to replace him in the County Courthouse office. Republican Justice of the Peace Ted Hardin is waiting in the wings to challenge the primary winner in November.

Hardin, District 12 incumbent, and Conley F. Byrd Jr., District 10 JP incumbent, filed unopposed for re-election to the Quorum Court.

Early voting begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the County Courthouse in Pine Bluff and continues through May 21. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 and 19 for Saturday voting.

Absentee ballot applications are available in the office of the county clerk in the courthouse.

We have an obligation and responsibility to become informed about the candidates and to vote in the primary and any runoff election June 12.