Boone County, Ark. sets record for daily early voters on Monday; Preparing for Tuesday of elementary school

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HARRISON, Ark. (KY3) – Arkansas election officials were making final preparations ahead of the May primary.

In Boone County, election officials said they had the largest single-day turnout of early voters at 644. Voters broke the threshold of 3,200 early voters on Monday when polling stations closed at 5 p.m

“When you vote, you represent the people of your community and have a voice with the people who will be represented in it for years to come,” said Ryan Puls, a Boone County resident.

Since Tuesday was Election Day in Arkansas, several flocked to the polling stations early, hopefully to avoid the crowds. While that wasn’t the case, those who came said it was a painless experience.

“It’s a seamless process, a very necessary process,” said Bill Gage, a county resident. “Those who don’t vote have no right to complain.”

“I got on and off during my lunch break,” Puls said. “I was able to cast my vote and I felt safe doing it.”

Boone County Voting Center staff have emphasized using new devices to make the voting experience as fast as possible. A tablet-style login includes a voter database so poll workers can easily match the person with their voter registration information.

“It also has a scanner and turns for a voter to sign their name,” Boone County Deputy Clerk Penny Goodman explained. “Every voter needs a signature. It works very well and just pulls that voter up, making it a lot easier for poll workers and requiring a lot less searching.”

In addition to efficiency, the integrity of the voters is also important. The entire Boone County election process is conducted offline.

“You cast your vote, it is printed out; therefore this is a printed ballot. You can see how you voted and then put that in a tab,” Goodman explained. “That way, if there are problems, we can go back and count them by hand.”

The only thing left from there is people showing up and voting.

“You may not know all the candidates,” said Puls, who has lived in the area for ten years. “So if you’re not sure about everyone, vote for the one you know and you can leave the others blank.”

Polling centers open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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