Early voting started Oct. 20 in both Izard and Fulton counties for those who already know who and what to vote for in the general election Nov. 4 or who won't have time to vote that day.
Other than the presidential elections on the ballot, voters in both counties will have to decide who will be their next county judge, and voters will decide which sheriff's candidate they prefer in Izard County.
Early voting hours for both counties are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. The last day to vote early, Nov. 3, the courthouses will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that, early voting will close and voters will have to vote at their respective voting stations on Nov. 4.
"We're not having any more absentee ballots than normal," Izard County Deputy Clerk Shelly Downing said. "We've gotten in about 222, which is average."
Fulton County Clerk Vicki Bishop said the clerk's office has received about 160 absentee ballots.
Downing said first-time or flagged voters will have to show their picture identification or drivers license in order to vote on election day.
Bishop said everyone must have a photo I.D. or drivers license, just in case. "All voting officials have to ask for I.D.," Bishop said.