Early voting begins Tuesday for March 3 primary

Early voting begins Tuesday in Arkansas, as the state makes its way to the March 3 primary election joining 13 other states for what’s being called Super Tuesday. On that date, the 14 states will hold their presidential primaries, along with state and local races and ballot issues.

In 2019, the Arkansas legislature passed Act 545 leading to primary elections being held in March in the years in which the office of President of the United States is on the ballot and a May preferential primary election in the years in which the governor is voted on.

In 2017, the Arkansas legislature passed Act 910 moving the annual September school election to either coincide with the May preferential primary or the November general election beginning in 2018.

Most area schools opted to attach their board elections to the primary election. With the primary election moving to March this year, so are most school board elections.

Another change for this election cycle is this being the first year those serving in countywide positions will not be running for office. Those serving in countywide positions will be half way through their first four-year terms approved by voters in the 2018 general election.

Early voting will run through March 2.

In Baxter County, registered voters may cast their ballots at the courthouse in Mountain Home or at Twin Lakes Plaza, located at 759 U.S. Highway 62 East. Hours for early voting are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 until 4 on Saturdays. Early voting will end at 5 p.m. on March 3.

In Marion County, early voters may cast their ballots at the courthouse in Yellville, following the same dates and times as in Baxter County.

A second location in Marion County will be available at Bull Shoals City Hall, located at 706 C.S. Woods Boulevard, from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. Hours in Bull Shoals will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on those dates.

Early voting will also be held at the Lazy Acres Fire House, located at 254 Main Street in Protem, Missouri, on March 2 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m..

To check your voter registration information, find your polling location, or view a sample ballot, you can visit VoterView.org.

In addition to the presidential choices, voters can view local candidate races, including school boards, as well as ballot initiatives.

In Baxter County, Mountain Home voters will decide whether the city should permit Sunday alcohol sales at grocery and liquor stores.

In Marion County, Flippin voters will decide whether to adopt a 1 percent sales tax to be split among the parks, street and police departments and city general.

One statewide race is also on the ballot for Arkansas Supreme Court.

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