Slow Start to Early Voting for Election Leaders
Early voting for the March 3 Primary Election started across Mississippi County on Tuesday and will continue through Monday, March 2.
Election Coordinator Melisa Logan said as of 8 a.m. on Thursday, all is well with the election. A few early problems have been corrected.
This is the first time for new Express Vote machines to be used. During the first couple of days some paper ballots had to be used to ensure all races were voted on the correct precincts. Logan said the paper ballots will be counted with the machine votes.
Logan said voters should not be alarmed. If they have any problems using the new machines, there will be a poll worker or coordinator there at all times to assist the voter. If a voter has any question about the validity of the ballot, they should ask.
Logan said the numbers have been low during the early voting and she encourages everyone to come out and vote. Through Friday afternoon, 267 had cast ballots in Blytheville; 102 in Manila; and 164 in Osceola. In 2016, around 3,000 cast votes during the two-week early voting period.
Early voting will continue until Monday, March 2:
*Mississippi County Election Center, Blytheville: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., for Trinity Baptist, AAMOD, MCEC, Gosnell Community Center, Armorel, Dell.
*Osceola Courthouse, Osceola: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., for ANC Burdette, Osceola, Luxora, Keiser, Wilson, Joiner, Dyess, Etowah
*Manila Airport Municipal Building: Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., for precincts in Manila and Leachville.
*Leachville City Hall: Feb. 24 to Feb. 29, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., for precincts in Manila and Leachville.