Early voting for the Presidential primary is under way. In Ashley County, the election could also determine who will fill two judicial benches in the 10th Judicial District.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Early ballots can be cast at the Crossett Economic Development building or at the Ashley County Courthouse.

Early voting will end at 5 p.m. March 2. Election Day is March 3, and polls will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Those who have moved or otherwise need to update their information have until Feb. 28 to do so before the election.

The ballot includes partisan Presidential primaries and a number of unopposed primaries for the Quorum Court, state representatives, constable, and U.S. Congress.

Even though the primary candidates are unopposed, some will still face a challenger in the general election.

The Democratic ticket does not have any contested local races.

On the Republican ballot, however, the race for State Senate District 26’s nomination is between Bill Dunklin and Ben Gilmore.

In addition to the partisan primaries, several races are on both Republican and Democratic tickets.

They include:

-For State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 4, Barbara Womack Webb and Judge Morgan “Chip” Welch.

-Court of Appeals Associate Judge District 5, James McMenis and Court of Appeals Judge Mark Klappenbach.

-Circuit Judge, District 10, Division 1, Crews Puryear, City Attorney James A. Hamilton and Tim Leonard.

-Circuit Judge, District 10, Division 2, Laurie Bridewell, Priscilla Copelin-Abernathy and Frank Spain.

School board tax renewals are also on both tickets.

Voters can view a sample ballot at voterview.org.


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