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Secretary of State Reminds Voters to Cast Ballots Tuesday

Date: 5/21/2012

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


Secretary of State Reminds Voters to Cast Ballots Tuesday

Check polling site location before leaving home


May 21, 2012 LITTLE ROCK – Secretary of State Mark Martin reminds voters to go to the polls Tuesday, May 22, to cast ballots in the Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial elections.

 “Tuesday is the last day to vote in the primary and judicial elections,” Martin said.  “Thousands of Arkansans have already participated during the early voting days, and we want to make sure all eligible registered voters remember to go to the polls.”

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. statewide on Election Day.

“It’s especially important this year that voters to check their polling locations,” Martin added. “During the redistricting process, many people were transferred to new polling sites. Voters are required to vote in their correct precinct on Election Day, so please don’t wait to check your own information.”

Those changes could also affect the races voters see, Martin said. “Voters may be in a new legislative, congressional or JP district, so we want to make sure they are informed about the races they’ll see on the ballot.”

Voters can find their polling location and district information by contacting their local county clerk’s office, or by visiting the Secretary of State’s voter information site,

Martin said this is the only opportunity to vote in most judicial races.

“Unless there’s a runoff in a judicial race, this is the only time the nonpartisan judicial candidates will be on the ballot,” he said. “The judiciary is such an important part of government that I encourage everyone to vote on that ballot, even if they choose not to participate in the Republican or Democratic primary.”

Runoff elections for the preferential primary will be June 12. Runoff elections for nonpartisan judicial candidates will be during the General Election Nov. 6.


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