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Early Voting Begins Today in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State election officials don't expect as big a turnout in the state  preferential primary to be as high as February's presidential primary.

Early voting begins today for the May 20 party primaries and judicial races.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says he's not expecting the high voter interest that the state saw in the February 5 primary, which featured a 35 percent voter turnout.  About 70,000 of the more than 544,000 voters who cast a ballott in February did so through early voting.

Daniels says that with few high-profile races capturing the state's attention, he doubts the turnout among the state's roughly 1.6 million voters will be as high.

Tight legislative races may be hard to find.  Of 118 legislative seats that are on the ballot this year, there are only 18 contested Democratic primaries and nine Republican contests.

Turnout may also be affected by the lack of any contested primaries for the state's four incumbent congressmen and the U.S. Senate seat held by Mark Pryor, who didn't draw any major party opponents for the primary or general election.

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