Early voting begins: Cochrane says voters can view ballots online

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

For voters in a hurry, there is a quicker way to review ballots.

Election coordinator Sherry Cochrane said voters can view the ballots online at VoterView.org before visiting their polling sites.

“They can print off the ballot and mark their selections at home,” she said. “That way, they can have it ready when they come vote and don’t have to read everything at the machine. It will be a really big help at the general election with all of the propositions and issues.”

Early voting for the school election and and the 2018 Preferential Primary began Monday, May 7. Cochrane said the Carroll County Clerk’s office at the Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville and the Western District Courthouse in Eureka Springs saw a steady stream of voters for the first day.

“It’s been pretty steady but slowed down the last hour,” she said just before 4 p.m. Monday. “We’ve had a total of 94 votes submitted so far, 65 in Berryville and 29 in Eureka Springs.”

Cochrane said the response to the new voting machines from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office has been very positive.

“Everybody loves the new equipment,” she said. “There has not been one single complaint yet.”

Early voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The last day of early voting will be Monday, May 21, and the hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, she said.

Cochrane said voters will need to bring a photo ID and should let poll workers know if their address has changed since they last voted.

“We want people to be aware early voting is going on right now,” she said. “Everything is going really well so far.”

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