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Election Commission sets poll locations for November

Two locations for early voting, registration deadline nearing

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Two locations for early voting, registration deadline nearing

By RALPH HARDIN

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In just over a month, voters here in Crittenden County, across the state and around the nation will head to the polls for the 2022 Mid-Term Election.

In Crittenden County, the Election Commission has announced the dates and locations for county voters on Election Day as well as the dates and locations for Early voting.

Early voting

The county will have two polling places for early voting, which begins on Monday, Oct. 24:

■ ■ Marion Patriot Arena, 801 Carter Dr., in Marion

■ ■ First Baptist Church, 200 N Missouri St., West Memphis

See POLLING, page A3 POLLING

From page A1

Early voting will be from

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday, from 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. (No early voting on Sunday). By statute, early voting will end on Monday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. Registered voters may vote at either early voting site regardless of address.

Election Day Voting Commissioners moved to consolidate and relocate several voting locations for this election cycle to improve efficiency and ease the voting process.

“Please note that the poll location at Bonds has been consolidated with Horseshoe Lake Fire Station,” noted commission chair Frank Barton. “Also note that the poll location at Earle City Hall Annex has been consolidated with St Luke’s Church.”

In addition to the consolidations, some polling places have been moved.

“Please note that the poll location in Crawfordsville has been moved to the Crawfordsville Fire Department, 104 Swepston St.,” Barton said. “And please note that the poll location at Jeanette has also been consolidated with Crawfordsville Fire Department polling site.”

Turrell voters will also be casting their ballots at a different location this November. Longtime polling place, the W.R. Golden Community Center will not be used this time around. The poll location in Turrell has been moved to the Turrell Fire Department, 160 Eureka St., in Turrell.

The complete list of polling sites on Election Day will include:

■ West Memphis High School

■ Eugene Woods Civic Center

■ Calvary Baptist Church

■ First Baptist Church

■ 7th St Church of Christ

■ Roberta Jackson Neighborhood Center

■ Wonder Boys Club

■ Edmondson City Hall

■ Gilmore City Hall

■ Turrell Fire Department

■ St. Luke Church in Earle

■ Crawfordsville Fire Department

■ Marion Patriot Arena

■ Marion Church of God

■ Tabernacle of God (Hwy

77)

■ Horseshoe Fire Station

■ Jericho City Hall

■ Anthonyville City Hall Unregistered voters and voters needing to change their voter registration address ahead of the registration deadline need to act quickly. The deadline to register in time for the Nov.

8 election is Monday, Oct.

10 by close of business.

Crittenden County voters will be selecting their preferences from among more than a dozen state and county races, as well as a number of voter-led and legislative- driven ballot measures and initiatives.

Here are the candidates for each state, county and municipal office, in ballot position order (Note: Uncontested races are not listed):

Earle Mayor

■ Ramonda Henderson

■ Nemi Matthews Sr.

■ Donald Ray Stone

■ Barbara Booker-Adkins

■ Jaylen Smith

■ Earle City Council Position 2-1

■ Ann Pickering-Philyaw

■ Claudie M. Forrest

Earle City Council Position 4-1

■ Angela R. Jones

■ Demetrius Johnson Sr.

Edmondson Mayor

■ Colt Boyd

■ Sidney Thomas Prackett

■ Art Gillard Jr.

Edmondson Recorder/ Treasurer

■ Hayward Shaw

■ Larry Moore

Edmondson Town Council Position 2

■ Oscar Matthew

■ Gary Cordell

Edmondson Town Council Position 4

■ Sona Johnson

■ Travis Tate

Gilmore Town Council Position 1

■ Cecil Elmore Jr.

■ Kyle Kline

Jericho Town Council Position 2

■ Betty Pollard

■ Juanita Edwards

Jericho Town Council Position 3

■ Don Payne

■ Tanya Witt

Marion City Attorney

■ Rachel R. Vaughn

■ Christopher H. Crain

Marion City Council Position 1-2

■ Vincent Adam Cupples

■ Brad Moore

■ David Bigger

Marion City Council Position 3-2

■ Ray Nassar

■ Leandra Schwartz

■ Sherry Holliman

Sunset Mayor

■ Erica Parker

■ R. Lynn Brown

■ Linsey Hayes

Turrell Mayor

■ Dorothy A. Cooper

■ Charles Edward Webster

West Memphis Mayor

■ Marco McClendon

■ Wayne Croom

■ James Pulliaum

West Memphis City Treasurer

■ Hubert Bass

■ Charles Suiter

West Memphis City Council Position 2-1

■ Gheric Bruce

■ Justin Stokes

■ Jaime Patterson

West Memphis City Council Position 3-1

■ Jay Holder

■ Charles Wheeless

West Memphis City Council Position 5-1

■ Joyce Gray

■ Angela Eason

■ Helen Harris Elsewhere on the ballot, voters will select their choices in county and state races.

Crittenden County Clerk

■ Linda Fritz

■ Paula Brown

County Coroner

■ Martin Shea

■ William Wolfe

Quorum Court JP District 9

■ Vanesa Basemore

■ Robert Thorne Jr.

U.S. Senate

■ Senator John Boozman

■ Natalie James

■ Kenneth Cates

■ Write-in Candidate

U.S. Congress District 1

■ Congressman Rick Crawford

■ Representative Monte Hodges

Attorney General

■ Jesse Gibson

■ Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffith

■ Write-in Candidate

Auditor of State

■ Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan

■ Diamond Arnold Johnson

■ Simeon Snow

Commissioner of State Lands

■ Tommy Land, COSL

■ Darlene Goldi Gaines

Governor of Arkansas

■ Chris Jones

■ Sarah Huckabee Sanders

■ Ricky Dale Harrington Jr.

■ Write-in Candidate Lieutenant Governor

■ Frank Gilbert

■ Kelly Ross Krout

■ Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Secretary of State

■ Anna Beth Gorman

■ Secretary of State John Thurston

State Treasurer

■ Pam Whitaker

■ State Representative Mark Lowery

State Senate District 9

■ Terry Fuller

■ State Representative Reginald Murdock

State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 2

■ Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Wynne

■ Judge Chris Carnahan

Prosecuting Attorney District 2

■ Sonia Fonticiella

■ Martin E. Lilly Voters will also be asked to weigh in on four of ballot initiatives, including three proposed constitutional amendments and one voter- led initiative.

Issue One

Issue 1 would allow state legislators to call themselves into special session. Currently only the governor has the authority to call for a special session, a power specifically enumerated in the state constitution, hence the amendment, sent to the voters by the legislature itself, to give themselves the authority to call themselves to the Capitol.

Issue Two

Issue 2 would increase the percentage of voters needed to pass a state constitutional amendment from a simple majority to 60 percent. It also require any voter-initiated acts to pass with a

60 percent majority. These types of acts are proposed laws initiated by citizens instead of state lawmakers and can be enacted without the consent of the legislature.

Issue Three Issue 3 would create the Arkansas Religious Freedom Amendment, which says state government could burden a person’s freedom of religion only if it demonstrates that doing so “is in furtherance of a compelling government interest; and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest.” How this is needed with the existence of the First Amendment of the U.S Constitution already in place has not been addressed.

Issue Four

Issue 4 would decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana for persons 21 years of age and older within certain regulations and guidelines. The initiative would address the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana while recognizing its continued illegal status at the federal level. The issue is still set to be reviewed by the Arkansas Supreme Court and although it will appear on the ballot, it is possible that the votes could not be counted.

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