Voter Turnout in Craighead County Reported to be "Heavy"

MAY 18, 2004 - Posted at 5:50 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Overall voter turnout in Arkansas appears to be on pace to fulfill projections of a light turnout in elections today.  But some counties, including Craighead, have tight local races that apparently helped bring voters to the polls.

In Craighead County, election commissioner Benton Smith said Democratic primaries feature a four-way sheriff's race and a county judge race that's a rematch.  He said the combination prompted the highest turnout ever for early and absentee voting and good election-day participation.  Smith said voting today actually looks to be a bit on the heavy side.

But that level of interest was mirrored in some other parts of northeast Arkansas.  Mississippi County Election Commission chairman George Hale said his county did not have many hotly contested races.  The only high profile race in Mississippi County is for the county judge's office, as incumbent Steve McGuire is opposed by Gosnell Mayor Dick Reams.