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Early voter numbers low in Lawrence County

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Early voting turnout was surprisingly low in Lawrence County ahead of Tuesday's primary election, according to county officials. 

County Clerk Tina Stowers said there are no county officials in this primary election, which may be affecting how many people came out to the polls. 

Just under 500 people voted early, Stowers said. 

Despite a one-cent sales tax proposal on the ballot, not many Walnut Ridge residents have cast a ballot yet, either. 

"I didn't notice much of a turnout for Walnut Ridge," Stowers said. "That seemed to be a surprise to me because I really expected more of a turnout for Walnut Ridge because of the sales tax election but we'll just see, maybe they're going to have a big turnout today."

Stowers said, in her experience, anything dealing with money on the ballot usually draws people to the polls. 

She expects the general election to be a little bigger for Lawrence County. 

"November will be a bigger one," Stowers said. "We will have a sheriff's race and a treasurer's race."

They also hope to have new voting machines before November. 

There were no issues, though, with their machines Tuesday. 

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