Early voting in the March 1 party primary and nonpartisan judicial election begins Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Crawford County Emergency Operations Center at 1820 Chestnut St. in Van Buren.
Early voting hours at the EOC are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 26, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27.
Polls for early voting do not open until Feb. 16 because all county offices are closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents Day.
Monday, Feb. 29, the day before the election, early voting will begin at 8 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.
Crawford County Clerk Teresa Armer called early voting "quick and easy," and said any necessary changes can be made at that time.
"If they wait until election day to make changes, they may have to drive several miles out of their way to take care of it," Armer said. "During early voting, everything can be taken care of right there."
Armer also noted that poll lines move faster when voters have their identification at the ready.
There is no law that requires Arkansas voters to show identification to vote, but those manning the polls are required to ask, Armer said.
"If they don’t have it, we can’t refuse their vote, but by law we have to ask for it," Armer said.
Any form of identification, including but not limited to a driver’s license, voter ID card, paycheck stub or utility bill would be accepted, Armer said.
Four of the county’s official positions will be contested in the upcoming primary and Nov. 8 general election, including county judge, treasurer, assessor and sheriff.
The Crawford County judge’s seat will be decided in the March 1 primary between Republicans Dennis Gilstrap and Wade Lewis. There are no other opposing candidates.
Four candidates are looking to be the new county assessor, including Justice of the Peace Lloyd Cole, JP Connie Beyerle, Cliff Weldon and Sandra Heiner.
Republicans Cole, Weldon and Heiner will battle it out during the primary, and the winner will go on to face Beyerle, an Independent, in November.
Treasurer Beverly Pyle will vie against fellow Republican Marsha Smith during the primary. Ashley Ewald, a Democrat, will oppose the winner in the general election.
Sheriff Ron Brown (D) will be challenged in November by Brad Sanderson (R) to keep his position.
Two Crawford County justice of the peace seats are contested.
Running for District 10, in the primary are Republicans Jayson E. Peppas and incumbent Cleo Coatney, and the victor is opposed by Elaine Stanfield (I) in November.
Raymond Harvey (R) will go against Johnny W. Ragsdale (D) for District 5 in November.
One county constable seat is contested. Jonathan Roberts (R) faces Travis Steele (D) for District 13.
State Representative seats are up for re-election this year. Only District 81 is contested, with Republicans Derek Goodlin and Bruce Coleman facing off in the primary.
Running for the nonpartisan Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court are Judge Dan Kemp and State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson. Judge Shawn Womack and Clark Mason are running for an Associate Justice position on the Arkansas Supreme Court, also nonpartisan.
Three U.S. Congressional incumbents that represent Crawford County are opposed this year.
Sen. John Boozman (R) faces Curtis Coleman (R) in March for his U.S. Senate seat. The winner will go against Conner Eldridge (D), Frank Gilbert (I) and write-in candidate Jason Tate in the general election.
Two Libertarians face off in the primary for U.S. Congress District 3, Steve Isaacson and Nathan LaFrance. In November, the winner will face incumbent Rep. Steve Womack (R).
Incumbent Rep. Bruce Westerman (R) faces Kerry Hicks (L) in November for U.S. Congress District 4.
A number of candidates are running unopposed.
Unopposed for their current county positions are County Clerk Teresa Campbell Armer, Circuit Clerk Sharon L. Blount-Baker, Tax Collector Kevin Pixley and Coroner Pam Wells.
JP candidates running unopposed are JP Jason Cox (R), incumbent for District 1, JP J. Shane Griffin (R), incumbent for District 2, JP David Rofkahr (R), incumbent for District 3, Rebecca E. Cole (R) for District 4, Mark Shaffer (R) for District 6, JP Mary Jan Blount (I), incumbent for District 7, JP Tia Woodruff (R), incumbent for District 8, JP Stanley L. Clark (D), incumbent for District 9, JP Carrie Jernigan (R), incumbent for District 11, JP Elaina Damante (R), incumbent for District 12 and Debbie Atwell (R) for District 13.
Unopposed constables are Chase Decroo (R) for District 3, Joe Howard (R) for District 4, Adam Ervin (R) for District 5, incumbent Ronnie Blount (I) for District 7, incumbent Randy A. Beck (D) for District 8, incumbent Tommy Buckner (R) for District 9, incumbent Kevin Peters (D) for District 10, and incumbent Shannon Morse (I) for District 11.
No one filed for the position of constable in districts 1, 2, 6 and 12.
Unopposed at the state level are Charles "Chuck" Baker for the non-partisan State District Court District 5 judge, and incumbents Gary Deffenbaugh (R) for State Representative District 79, Charlotte V. Douglas (R) for State Representative District 75 and Charlene Fite (R) for State Representative District 80.