By Ed Galucki
After the first three days of early voting, Election Commission member Jerry Shepard compared the turnout to a tsunami. "It just keeps building," he said Oct. 24 of the ever-mounting tallies from each day.
"It is kind of amazing," Shepard said Tuesday. "Every day there is more."
Taking the early-vote turnout as an indication of a ‘huge’ turnout on Election Day, election officials are asking everyone who can vote early to do so.
More than 500 votes were cast Monday at Cabot, alone, Shepard said last week. "We figured that was the first-day rush and that it would slow down," he said.
But it has not slowed, and has continued to build each day.
Shepard said Tuesday that the turnout at Cabot had reached 800. "I suppose you could say it was more on Monday, there were 801," he said.
According to information from the Election Commission on Wednesday, the count at that voting site had reached 1,522.
An estimated 400 votes were cast at early voting sites at Carlisle and England. Those sites operated for the first three days of early voting.
This could push the total early vote for the county to more than 7,000, not including Tuesday and Wednesday figures.
According to information from the County Clerk’s office there are about 35,400 voters registered in Lonoke County, a turnout of nearly a 20 percent in about six days of voting.
Early voting will continue to Nov. 5.
Lonoke County early voting sites are:
Lonoke County Election Commission Building, 220 Depot St. (intersection with Arkansas Highway 89), Lonoke;
Cabot City Annex, 208 North First St., Cabot.
Voting hours are: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5.
On Election Day, Nov. 6, polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In a press release, Secretary of State Mark Martin said voters have been diligent about checking their registration status this year, and he called on voters to use the online service to verify their status.
"Our office and county clerks’ offices have been inundated with telephone calls to verify registration," he said.
"Our Voter View website has had over 1 million hits in the past couple of months as voters check their status. If anyone still has questions about whether they are registered to vote,
That site is www.voterview.ar-nova.org.
Martin also announced plans to post digital precinct maps with voting totals election night.
Martin said his office is sharing digital images of every precinct in Arkansas with the State of Arkansas’s Geographic Information Systems office.
Voters will be able search results by a map on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.