Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Today is Election Day in Arkansas

Helena-West Helena, AR ---- Today is Primary Election Day in Arkansas. The Polls open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. The Inside Scoop Online encourages everyone to go out and cast a vote in each of the election contests on the ballot. It is critically important that you participate because the decisions are made by those who show up. 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported yesterday that turnout is expected to be around twenty-five percent (25%). You can make a greater difference when those who think differently than you do not vote and you do vote. That simply means your candidate is more likely to win the election.

There are three ballot choices in the primary election in Arkansas. You may choose to vote the Non-Partisan Judicial Ballot. You may choose to vote the Democratic Ballot. You may choose to vote the Republican Ballot. The Non-partisan ballot is for the Judicial Contests. If, however, you choose a Democratic or Republican ballot, the Judicial Contests will be on your ballot as well. You do not have to declare yourself to be a member of a either political party. However, you must tell the workers at the poll which ballot you want to vote. Generally, in Eastern Arkansas, greater than 75% of the ballots are cast in the Democratic Primary because most people want to vote on the Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Judge, County Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor and other county-wide contest. Additionally, there are few contest on the Republican Ticket in the primary in Eastern Arkansas. This election selects the persons who will appear on the November General Election Ballot except in the Judicial Races. In the Judicial Races the winner of greater than 50% of the vote is elected at the May Primary.

Honorable Mark Martin, Secretary of State of the State of Arkansas, has two webpages that will assist you in this election. The first is the Voter View page which allows you to enter your first name, last name and date of birth in order to confirm your registration and to ascertain your polling place. That webpage is found at Voter View  https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/.

The other webpage is brand new. It will feature the election results as reported to the SOS tonight. That webpage is found at Election Results May 2012 .

GO VOTE. Take someone with you!!! Be a part of the solution!!!

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