The Ashley County clerk is projecting that more voters will cast early voting ballots than in the 2016 presidential election.
On Tuesday (Oct. 27) morning, approximately 3,443 Ashley County voters had already been to the polls. County Clerk Christie Martin said that the number represents approximately 30 percent of all registered voters in Ashley County. In 2016, a total of 3,994 registered voters came to the polls during early voting.
“I do think we will pass the 2016 numbers based on how many we’ve had so far with a week until the election,” Martin said.
Voters who do not choose to wait until Election Day may vote at one of the two early voting locations.
In Hamburg, early voters may vote at the Ashley County Courthouse, while in Crossett early voting is at the Economic Development Community Center on West Second Street behind Centennial Park. Martin said voters can cast ballots at either voting center regardless of where they live.
She also said it’s important that voters remember they can vote at any of the poll locations on Election Day and that voters are no longer restricted by their address.
“It used to be really difficult for people who worked in Crossett, but live in Hamburg; they may have to rush or take off work to make it to their location, but now they can go to wherever is most convenient,” Martin said.
The poll locations in Ashley County are at:
-First Baptist Church MMC Building, 703 Pine St., Crossett.
-Jarvis Chapel Church, 1018 Ashley Road 14-North, Crossett.
-Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, 803 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg.
-Fountain Hill Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Fountain Hill.
-First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 202 South Main St., Hamburg.
-Montrose Senior Center, 305 E. 2nd St., Montrose
-Portland Community Center, 102 Ash St., Portland.
-Parkdale City Hall, 106 South Main St., Parkdale
-Wilmot Community Center (old school), 204 Cone St., Wilmot.
-South Main Baptist Church, 2801 S. Main St., Crossett.
Voters must have applied to register to vote by Oct. 5 in order to be eligible to vote in this election.
The polls on Election Day are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Completed and mailed absentee ballots must reach the County Clerk’s Office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.