Early voting for local and state primary elections will begin next week.

The gubernatorial preferential primary election and school board election are May 24. The deadline to register to vote in the election has already passed, but early voting for the primary is set to start on May 9.

Voting will be between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will end at 5 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. Early ballots can also be cast between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

During the preferential primary, voters will choose a Democratic or Republican ticket to help select candidates for the general election. 

The highest county-level race on the ballot is for county judge. 

Three candidates, Herbert “Bubba” Carpenter, Judge Jim Hudson, and Jim Wells, have qualified as Republicans. If the three-man race does not result in a clear victor in May, a second primary between the candidates who receive the highest number of votes will be June 21.

Whoever prevails in the primary will face a fourth candidate, former Judge Dennis F. Holland Sr., in November. Holland qualified as an independent.

The only primary race for the Quorum Court will be in District No. 4, between Ashlie Harper and incumbent Rickey Nelms, who are both running as Republicans.

Crossett and Hamburg School District board seats will also be on the ballot. 

All of the school board seats were technically up for grabs after the 2020 census forced rezoning, but in many cases the person who qualified for the seat was the only one and so will be elected without opposition. 

A few seats, however, have more than one contender.

In Crossett, Zone 4 incumbent Katie Jordan is facing a challenge from Barry Burchfield.

In Hamburg, incumbent Debbie Jackson will face off against Angela Holland, and in Zone 5, incumbent Shawn Carpenter is facing a challenge from Michael Wilhite.

Ovid Switzer and incumbent Frankie Tanksley are facing off on the Republican ticket for the Egypt Township constable’s position.

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