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Ark. primary vote 29 percent of registered

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels had predicted voter turnout as high as 35 percent of registered voters in the primary, but it fell well short of that, at 29 percent. It was still the greatest turnout for a regular primary since 1994.


LITTLE ROCK, AR— Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today reported a 29 percent preliminary and unofficial statewide turnout for the May 18 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial General Election.   The preliminary results show voter participation as high as 65 percent in Monroe County and as low as 18 percent in Newton County.
“A 29 percent turnout is the highest we’ve seen in a party primary since 1994, not counting 2008’s presidential primary,” said Secretary Daniels.  “Party primaries generally garner only about a third of the voter participation seen in general elections, but this year’s primary and judicial elections were especially interesting to voters because of the sheer volume of candidates running for a good number of open seats.  I hope this excitement carries into the June 8 runoff election.”
More and more voters are choosing to vote early since the option was first instituted statewide in 1996.  In fact, this election’s early and absentee vote total of more than 125,000 dwarfed the previous primary election record of around 70,000 set in 2008.
Nearly 35 percent turned out to vote in the February 2008 Presidential Preferential Primary, but the May 2008 primary saw a record low turnout of 18 percent.  Turnout in 1994’s primary election reached 34 percent.  Between 1996 and 2006, turnout ranged from 19 percent to 27 percent.  See table below for more figures.
Counties report preliminary and unofficial results to the Arkansas Secretary of State via the state’s one-stop voting and election information website,  Counties are required to submit certified election results to the Secretary of State’s office no later than ten days following an election.  At that time, the final results and turnout will be determined for those races.   All counties must report election statistics to the State Board of Election Commissioners by 15 days after the election.
Arkansas’s Primary Election Turnout from 1994 to present:
2010:  29 percent (around 468,000 voters out of 1.6 million registered voters)
2008:  18 percent (287,730 voters out of 1.6 million registered voters)
2006:  22 percent (340,088 voters out of 1.57 million registered voters)
2004:  22 percent (335,016 voters out of 1.55 million registered voters)
2002:  26 percent (371,334 voters out of 1.46 million registered voters)
2000:  19 percent (291,473 voters out of 1.53 million registered voters)
1998:  26 percent (373,578 voters out of 1.44 million registered voters)
1996:  27 percent (343, 203 voters out of 1.28 million registered voters)
1994:  34 percent (413,150 voters out of 1.22 million registered voters)

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