Unpredictable: Wet weather could affect local voter turnout
Polls in Carroll County will be open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as voters cast their ballots for a variety of municipal, county and statewide positions.
Early voting at the Carroll County Clerk's office in Berryville and the Carroll County Circuit Clerk's office in Eureka Springs has been brisk, with a total of 2,798 voters taking advantage of the service by the end of the day Monday.
Carroll County Elections Coordinator Joanna Schuster said Monday that the weather could affect voter turnout on Election Day. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent chance of showers on Tuesday, with the temperature dropping to 53 degrees by 5 p.m. Up to an inch of rain is possible.
"I don't know what to expect," Schuster said. "I'm hoping we'll still have a good turnout."
The most high-profile race in Carroll County pits Sheriff Bob Grudek, a Republican, against Democratic challenger Randy Mayfield, a Berryville police officer.
Voters also will choose a circuit clerk, four members of the Carroll County Quorum Court, a city clerk/treasurer and an alderman in Eureka Springs, two aldermen in Oak Grove, two constables and a state representative in contested races. There are also several uncontested municipal and county races.
Local voters also will cast their ballots in several statewide races, including the U.S. Senate race in which Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Other contested statewide races include governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, auditor and commissioner of state lands.