Nearly 1,100 cast ballots on first day

Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis reported that the first day of early voting in the Republican preferential primary runoff election brought some surprises.

"I was predicting a low voter turnout, but it looks like I was wrong," Curtis said. "And this is one time I'm thrilled to be wrong."

The total who voted Tuesday came to 1,073, Curtis said.

Of that number, 677 cast ballots at the Vote Here Building in Benton; 170 at Grace Church in Bryant; 196 at Summit Bank in Hot Springs Village; and 30 at the East End Fire Station.

Early voting is continuing today, Curtis noted.

The locations are:
•Vote Here building across the street from the Saline County Courthouse.
•Grace Church on Arkansas 5 in Bryant (formerly Pentecostal Church).
•Summit Bank in Hot Springs Village.
•East End Fire Department in the East End community.
Hours for early voting in Benton are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Friday and again Monday, June 9.
At the other sites, the hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday.
The runoff election includes three ballot issues:
•The race for Saline County sheriff between Simon Haynes and Rodney Wright, the top vote-getters in the Republican primary.
•The race for Saline County assessor between Gary Ballard and Bob Ramsey, the top vote-getters votes in the Republican primary.
•The state attorney general race between Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling.

On Election Day, June 10, all voting must be conducted at the individual polling sites. Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

A listing of polling places is included on the Saline County website,