Early voters scarce

Friday, May 14, 2010 ~ Updated 11:46 AM

BERRYVILLE -- Less than four percent of the county's 13,782 eligible registered voters had turned out to vote early in the Preferential Primary as of Thursday morning.

Most of those 424 votes were cast at the Berryville Courthouse by those voting a Democratic ballot.

The names of John Bailey and Jack Gentry Sr. appear on the Democratic ballot as contenders for the job of sheriff. Whoever wins Tuesday's primary will face off against Republican incumbent Sheriff Bob Grudek in November.

Another Democrat primary race is between incumbent County Clerk Jamie Correia and challenger F. Owen Kendrick. That winner will face Republican contender Charity Edwards in November's general election.

Also on the Democratic ticket are the names of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, D.C. Morrison and Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter -- all vying for Lincoln's Senate seat.

The front-runner of that race will go up against the Republican primary winner. There are eight contenders in that race, including U.S. Congressman John Boozman.

Other state and local races appear on the primary ballots. They can be viewed on the website www.voterview.org.

Early voting continues at both county courthouses, including Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and again on Monday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, all 15 polling sites will be open across the county, from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tabulation of results will take place at the Berryville Courthouse Tuesday evening.

So far there have been no problems or complaints, said Election Coordinator Bethe Henley.

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  • Just because the majority of early voters cast on the Democratic ballot doesn't necessarily mean that is the way the majority will vote in the General Election.

    Could be the "Early Voters" (like myself) wanted to make sure that a certain candidate was eliminated right off the bat.

    -- Posted by Doodad on Sun, May 16, 2010, at 6:55 AM
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