Early voting totals are up in two Southeast Arkansas counties, about average in three, and down in one.
Beginning the second week of early voting, Desha and Lincoln counties are both up from the last primary, Bradley and Chicot County totals are about average, Drew County, which has had the highest number of early voters, is on par with the numbers in the last primary, but up considerably from the 2008 primary, while the Ashley County voting total appears to be a little low.
Early voting totals through 3:30 p.m. Monday, the first day of the second week of the 2-week early voting period:
Desha County: 126 early voters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday
An employee in the Desha County Clerk’s Office said 126 voters through the first week of early voting is high.
Lincoln County: 239 early voters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday
The Lincoln County Clerk said 239 is up from the first full week of early voting in the last primary.
Drew County: 537 early voters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday
Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge said 537 early voters is on par with the 2010 primary when 1,079 voters cast early votes during the full 2-week early voting period, continuing a trend that began in 2010. Drew County early voting is up considerably from the 2008 primary when only 548 voted during the full 2-week voting period.
Bradley County: 140 early voters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday.
An employee in the Bradley County Clerk’s office said 140 through the first week is about average.
Chicot County: 84 early voters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Ashley County: 267 early voters as of 3:30 p.m. Monday.
The Ashley County Clerk said she has not pulled last year’s report of early voters but 267 seems a little low.
The totals do not include those who voted absentee.