LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas election officials say 30% fewer early and absentee votes have been cast in the general election so far this year, compared to the early-voting turnout in 2008.
However, the comparison is not strictly apples-to-apples, since a contest for president headed the ballot in 2008.
A news release from the secretary of state's office said 219,419 Arkansans had voted early as of 4 p.m. Friday. With 17,765 absentee ballots returned as of the same time, that brought the total of absentee and early votes cast in the state as of 4 p.m. Friday to 237,148.
That compared with 340,964 votes in hand by the same time on the Friday before the 2008 general election - 314,740 early votes and 26,224 absentee ballots.