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Secretary Martin reminds public of voter registration deadline

Date: 4/18/2012

For Immediate Release                                          
Contact: Alex Reed, 501-682-1217



Secretary Martin reminds public of voter registration deadline


(April 18, 2012) LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin today reminded the public that the deadline to register to vote in the May elections is Monday.


“Arkansas law sets a deadline of 30 days before an election to apply to register to vote,” Martin said. “Since that deadline actually falls on Sunday, registrants have until Monday, April 23, to register.”


The registration deadline applies to all voters, including military and overseas citizens, Martin said.


The preferential primary and nonpartisan judicial elections will be held May 22. Early voting begins May 7.


Arkansas voters will decide on numerous state and district races this year. Due to redistricting after the decennial census, all 100 state House and 35 state Senate seats are up for election. All four of Arkansas’s U.S. House seats are also on the ballot. Voters will also select 16 judges, including one state Supreme Court justice.


The May election serves as the general election for judicial races. “This is the only opportunity to vote on judicial candidates unless there’s a runoff,” Martin said. “Because of that, I strongly encourage voters to cast a ballot during the upcoming election.”


Judicial runoff elections will be held in November, rather than during the June 12 runoffs for the preferential primary elections.


“This election year holds many changes, and my staff has been working with county election officials to make the process as smooth as possible,” Martin said. “I look forward to seeing voter turnout climb both during early voting and on Election Day.”



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