June 9, 2010 Edition

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Many take advantage
of early voting

Former State Senator Tim Wooldridge, who is running for U.S. Congress, campaigns on Main Street in Walnut Ridge on Monday encouraging residents to vote in the runoff, which was held Tuesday.
TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater
Gretchen Hunt

Early voter turnout for the runoff election was higher than anticipated, according to Sarah Dobbs, deputy clerk with the Lawrence County Clerk's office.

A total of 1,125 voters cast early ballots in the runoff, compared to 1,133 in the primary. Factoring in an increase of approximately 10 absentee ballot requests means early and absentee voting in the runoff may actually be higher than in the primary.

While the voters had 13 days to vote early for the May 18 election with extended hours and Saturday voting, there were only five days of early voting for the runoff.

"We have been very busy," Dobbs said. "We averaged over 200 voters a day"

Dobbs also said there were several early ballots cast by individuals who did not vote in the primary.

"Usually you expect a drop in voting in a runoff," she said. "We did not experience that this time. It has been a very successful early voting period."

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