Election Day in Craighead County

May 23, 2006 - Posted at 5:16 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Tuesday, voters across the state headed to the polls for the primary election.

"It is going a little slow. We would like to see it pick up, but things are going smooth the machines are working well. It is just a good day for voting," said Craighead County Clerk Nancy Nelms.

According to officials around the county, voter turnout has been light but voters have been receptive to the new voting machines.

"It was really easy," said Craighead County voter Kathy Farley, "The person who assisted me showed me how to read the screen and how to go about voting so it was really easy."

The voting machines are new in Arkansas, but in Craighead County a representative from the company who makes the machines thinks things are working out well.

"He said we will be the first one in the state to be through," said Nelms.

In Bono, election officials say they are averaging around 40 voters and things are running so surprisingly smoothly, that voters aren't even stealing those special election pencils.

"Some people are taking right to it, but some are saying 'give me the paper ballot.' We don't care just as long as they vote," said Nelms.

"I am old and I don't care so much for the, I can't even type, I can't even use my cell phone," complained voter Joe E. Griffin.

Voters like Griffin aren't against the voting machines, they are just more comfortable with the paper ballots to tally their vote.

"I am 73 years old I missed 2 school elections since I have been old enough to vote," said Griffin.

Whether it is cast electronically or on paper the important thing is that you make your voice heard.

"If I don't like what is taking place, if you don't vote you don't have a choice," said Griffin.

Polls are open until 7:30 and as long as you make into line by that time your vote will be tallied.