Voter turnout in Southeast Arkansas was down from the 2012 General Election in all counties except Chicot County which saw a slight increase, according to numbers from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.

Ashley County saw the most significant decrease, followed by Drew County.

Voter turnout in Ashley County was down by more than 12 percent from the 2012 General Election, while Drew County saw a decrease of more than 10 percent.

In 2012, 7,967 of Ashley County’s 10,963 registered voters (72.67 percent) went to the polls in the general election. In the 2016 General Election, 7,512 (59.87 percent) of the county’s 12,547 registered voters cast ballots.

In Drew County, 6,677 of the county’s 9,398 registered voters (71.05) went to the polls during the 2012 General Election. In comparison, 6,412 of the county’s 10,589 registered voters (60.55) cast ballots in the 2016 General Election.

Bradley, Cleveland, Desha and Lincoln counties also saw decreases while Chicot County saw an increase.

In 2012, 4,435 of Chicot County’s 6,742 registered voters (65.78 percent) went to the polls during the general election. In the 2016 General Election, 4,329 of Chicot County’s  6,438 registered voters (67.24 percent) cast ballots.

Though many predicted a record voter turnout in Arkansas this year, due to increased early voting activity, it didn’t happen. Statewide, voter turnout was down from both the 2012 and 2008 elections, according to numbers from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.

Although Arkansas (statewide) has not reached the 70 percent mark since 1992 when Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was elected to his first term as president, turnout in four Southeast Arkansas counties exceeded 70 percent in the 2012 General Election. Voter turnout in Ashley, Bradley, Cleveland and Drew counties reached or exceeded 70 percent in 2012.

Statewide
2016 Registered Voters: 1,759,974 Ballots Cast: 1,122,518 Voter Turnout: 63.78
2012 Registered Voters: 1,618,320 Ballots Cast: 1,078,548 Voter Turnout: 66.65
2008 Registered Voters: 1,684,240 Ballots Cast: 1,086,617 Voter Turnout: 64.52
2004 Registered Voters: 1,684,684 Ballots Cast: 1,054,945 Voter Turnout: 62.62

Ashley
2016 Registered Voters: 12,547 Ballots Cast: 7,512 Voter Turnout: 59.87
2012 Registered Voters: 10,963 Ballots Cast: 7,967 Voter Turnout: 72.67
2008 Registered Voters: 12,675 Ballots Cast: 8,642 Voter Turnout: 68.18
2004 Registered Voters: 13,632 Ballots Cast: 8,512 Voter Turnout: 62.44

Bradley
2016 Registered Voters: 5,440 Ballots Cast: 3,672 Voter Turnout: 67.50
2012 Registered Voters: 5,211 Ballots Cast: 3,682 Voter Turnout: 70.66
2008 Registered Voters: 5,939 Ballots Cast: 4,041 Voter Turnout: 68.04
2004 Registered Voters: 6,571 Ballots Cast: 4,249 Voter Turnout: 64.66

Chicot
2016 Registered Voters: 6,438 Ballots Cast: 4,329 Voter Turnout: 67.24
2012 Registered Voters: 6,742 Ballots Cast: 4,435 Voter Turnout: 65.78
2008 Registered Voters: 7,835 Ballots Cast: 5,208 Voter Turnout: 66.47
2004 Registered Voters: 8,098 Ballots Cast: 4,757 Voter Turnout: 58.74

Cleveland
2016 Registered Voters: 4,916 Ballots Cast: 3,371 Voter Turnout: 68.57
2012 Registered Voters: 4,693 Ballots Cast: 3,308 Voter Turnout: 70.49
2008 Registered Voters: 5,251 Ballots Cast: 3,505 Voter Turnout: 66.75
2004 Registered Voters: 5,373 Ballots Cast: 3,496 Voter Turnout: 65.07

Desha
2016 Registered Voters: 7,829 Ballots Cast: 4,293 Voter Turnout: 54.83
2012 Registered Voters: 7,232 Ballots Cast: 4,469 Voter Turnout: 61.79
2008 Registered Voters: 8,893 Ballots Cast: 4,678 Voter Turnout: 52.60
2004 Registered Voters: 9,792 Ballots Cast: 4,647 Voter Turnout: 47.46

Drew
2016 Registered Voters: 10,589 Ballots Cast: 6,412 Voter Turnout: 60.55
2012 Registered Voters: 9,398 Ballots Cast: 6,677 Voter Turnout: 71.05
2008 Registered Voters: 11,142 Ballots Cast: 6,610 Voter Turnout: 59.33
2004 Registered Voters: 10,523 Ballots Cast: 6,249 Voter Turnout: 59.38

Lincoln County
2016 Registered Voters: 6,017 Ballots Cast: 3,855 Voter Turnout: 64.07
2012 Registered Voters: 5,686 Ballots Cast: 3,788 Voter Turnout: 66.62
2008 Registered Voters: 6,902 Ballots Cast: 4,406 Voter Turnout: 63.84
2004 Registered Voters: 7,026 Ballots Cast: 4,109 Voter Turnout: 58.48

[Source: Arkansas Secretary of State]