October 29, 2008 Edition

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Early voting turnout heavy

Gretchen Hunt

If early voting is any indication, voter turnout for Tuesday's General Election should be high, according to County Clerk Tina Stowers.

Tuesday afternoon, 991 had already cast early ballots in the county.

"It's really heavy," Stowers said of the turnout. "We're at almost 10 percent of the registered voters, and we've still got nearly a week of early voting to go."

In addition to the presidential election, voters will also vote on three proposed constitutional amendments, one proposed initiative act and one referred question.

All Lawrence County voters will also see a race for U.S. Senate and the Arkansas House of Representatives on their ballots.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is a Democrat, faces challenger Rebekah Kennedy of the Green Party.

State Rep. J.R. Rogers, also a Democrat, is vying for re-election against Republican Chad Moseley.

There is also one justice of the peace race, along with several alderman races throughout the county.

Stowers said hours in her office have been extended during the early voting period, which ends on Monday.

Her office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday. On Monday, individuals will be able to vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the office will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for voters to cast ballots.

The polls will be open on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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