The political season started the home stretch Monday with the commencement of the early voting period. Voters can cast their ballots early in Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurl’s offices in the Booneville or Paris courthouses.
Early voting will be conducted form 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays through Nov. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Hours for early voting on Monday, Nov. 5 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All voting on Nov. 6 will be conducted at the polls.
Due to the purchase of a new election tabulation system, the number of Logan County polls for the General Election has been trimmed to 10. However, unlike in the past, a voter can cast a ballot at any polling location and have it recorded for the correct precinct.
Polls will be operated in these locations:
St. Benedict Hall Roundhouse at 51 Boniface Street in Subiaco;
Corley Community Center at 131 Community Center Road in Paris;
Scranton American Legion Hall at 108 South Park Avenue in Scranton;
New Blaine Rural Fire Station at 11 State Highway 197 Loop in New Blaine;
First National Bank Community Building at 23 East Main Street in Paris;
Ratcliff City Hall at 105 North Wilson Avenue in Ratcliff;
Magazine Community Center at 36 North State Highway 109 in Magazine;
Booneville Community Center at 426 North Holden in Booneville;
Grayson Fire Station at 5409 Jack Creek Road in Booneville; and
Ione Community Building at 10543 South State Highway 23 in Booneville
In Booneville voters will be deciding between four mayoral candidates and will be picking two city councilmen. There is also one Justice of the Peace race on the ballot.
Contested races are also featured in each of the state’s Congressional offices and in Arkansas Congressional District 4.
The ballot will also feature five initiatives to consider which would limit attorney’s fees and limit awards in lawsuits; require a photo identification to vote; revise lawmaker term limits; allow for casino gambling in four locations and increase the minimum wage in the state to $11 per hour by Jan. 1, 2021.
However, the Arkansas Supreme Courth has ruled votes will not be counted in the term limits or attorney fee measures.
Complete text of each initiative is available on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website at: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/initiatives-and-referenda/