Monday marks the first day for early voting for the May 22 primary election. Winners from each party in the congressional and legislative races advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
State Senate District 1, encompassing Bentonville and surrounding areas, was created because of population growth in Benton County. The two Republican candidates vying for the seat said it is important to take advantage of early voting.
"It gives people an opportunity to vote that might otherwise be out of town, be on the job, it's just more convenient," Rep. Tim Summers, R-Bentonville, said.
His opponent, Cave Springs Republican Bart Hester, said, "I think it's easy to look up on the 22nd. You might have a sick child or a deadline gets moved on in the office, and from the time you look up from a busy day you missed the opportunity."
The May 22 primary election is for legislative seats, the presidential race and congressional districts. However, it's also the general election for judicial races. Voters said they take advantage of early voting to avoid the long lines.
"It's being able to exercise your right to vote and do it quickly and easily and not have to worry about the crowd and people that come in last minute," Kim Coble said.
Charles James said, "I'll have that extra time in case something happens."
Summers and Hester noted there are six polling places in Benton County for people to take advantage of early voting.
For more information on polling locations, visit your county election commission's website.
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