22,000-Plus Mail-In Ballots Requested in Little Rock Area

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than 22,000 mail-in ballots have been sent to voters in the county where Little Rock is situated, Pulaski County Clerk Terri Hollingsworth said Thursday.

“That means approximately 8% of the electorate have the means to cast their vote before polls even open on Monday,” when early voting in the state begins, Hollingsworth said.

The street in front of the county courthouse in Little Rock will be shut down daily during early voting, according to city Mayor Frank Scott.

Voters have the choice of dropping off their ballots at a tent set up outside the courthouse, which is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, or in a drive-thru lane at the site, according to Hollingsworth.

There are about 260,000 registered voters in Arkansas’ largest county, Hollingsworth said. That was about 15,000 more than in 2016, the most recent presidential election. Hollingsworth said only about 8,000 mail-in ballots were sent to voters then.

Hollingsworth said voters can track the status of their vote on the clerk’s website by selecting the voter registration option.

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