JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Today marks the beginning of early voting for this election season. Early voting takes place for two weeks before Election Day on November 4th. Kade Holliday, Craighead County Clerk, said about 50% of voters vote during early election times and the other 50% wait until election day.
Tony Thomas participated in early voting today and said it was a no-brainier. "You can't beat the ease in making that transition to cast your votes and to participate in our democratic process."
Thomas said he is happy he doesn't have to wait until November. "Well to avoid the crowd, and then to just, you know, voting is so important in my family that the burden has been lifted now that I have cast my vote."
Holliday said early voting is in place for those reasons and to accommodate voters like Thomas.
Holliday explained, "It gives individuals an opportunity for two weeks to basically go ahead and vote if you don't want to have to feel rushed on Election Day."
Voters in Craighead County can vote for the next two weeks at the election annex located at 315 West Jefferson in Jonesboro. The annex is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craighead County voters can also vote at the Lake City Courthouse.
Voters are no longer required to bring identification, but they will need to provide other info.
Holliday said, "But you will need to have your first and last name, your birthday, and your address ready if you do not want to provide your identification."
Regardless of when you vote, Holliday and Thomas encourage everyone to participate. Holliday said, "We just encourage people to make sure you vote whether it is early or on Election Day. We want to make sure all of our citizen's voices are heard."