Candidates Rally Supporters as Arkansas' Early Voting Period Begins

OCTOBER 24, 2006 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Early voting began yesterday, and gubernatorial hopefuls Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson urged supporters to hit the polls before the November Seventh election.

Counties reported few problems as early voting began for an election highlighted by the first governor's race without an incumbent on the ticket in 28 years. The day was a contrast to the headaches encountered in early voting for the May 23rd primary.

In 20 counties surveyed by The Associated Press yesterday, all reported a steady turnout of voters by mid-afternoon. Only Benton County reported experiencing problems with voting machines, but the problems were quickly resolved, according to Clerk Mary Slinkard.

Slinkard said some machines were programmed incorrectly while one machine was not working properly. Both issues were corrected and the machines were in use Monday afternoon.

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