Arkansas Elections

Election early vote
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting in Arkansas begins Tuesday, two weeks before the state’s primary election. Races include the presidential primaries, two state Supreme Court positions, and party challenges for Republicans in the 2nd district of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Locations will be open through Monday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

As Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders claimed victories in the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, Arkansans now have a renewed sense of the top candidates as the state eyes its own primary 3 weeks away. 

Arkansas Arts Center

Voters in the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District approved a 7.6 mill property tax increase in a special election Tuesday. Meanwhile, voters in Little Rock overwhelmingly approved a bond issue. 

Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders
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Three weeks before Arkansas holds its presidential primary election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign opened its state headquarters in Little Rock Monday. Located at 323 Center Street, officials say it will serve as a place to organize state campaign activities.

Despite having spent decades in Arkansas until the election of her husband Bill Clinton as president in 1992, the state isn't being looked at as an easy win, says Grant Tennille, former director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, who is a Clinton supporter.

A group of 87 Arkansans is in New Hampshire campaigning on behalf of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The volunteers—known as the Arkansas Travelers—first organized in the 1992 presidential campaign for then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.

Jacksonville High School

Early voting is underway for a 7.6 mill property tax increase that would fund construction of a new elementary and high school in the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District. Election day is Tuesday, February 9, but residents of the district can vote early at the Jacksonville Community Center until Friday and at the Pulaski County Regional Building until Monday.


Laura Walker is a spokeswoman with the Education Corps, an organization advocating for the tax hike. She says if voters approve the millage, the high school project could start this year.


Donald Trump speaking at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told thousands in Arkansas Wednesday night that the Clintons have abandoned their home state. Trump also further laid out claims Texas Senator Ted Cruz stole the Iowa caucus. 

“Give it up, for your next president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump! Yes! Yes! Yes!," shouted Trump's opening hype man Jonathan Conneely, the founder of a fitness regime for first responders who calls himself Coach JC.

Election vote
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Monday marks the deadline for Arkansas voters to register to vote in this year's primary election.

Secretary of State Mark Martin says voters can register at county clerks' offices or public assistance offices or print a form online and mail it in.

Early voting begins Feb. 16 for the March 1 primary election, which includes both presidential, state and judicial races. Lawmakers last year approved moving the election up to March 1 so voters can participate in a regional nominating contest known as the "SEC primary."

A nonprofit backed by two former Arkansas Supreme Court justices is urging judicial candidates to disavow "false" communications on their behalf by outside groups in their races.

The Arkansas Judicial Campaign Conduct and Education Committee on Thursday said it was encouraging candidates to sign the pledge before the March 1 judicial elections. The committee's board of directors includes former Justices Annabelle Imber Tuck and Robert L. Brown.

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Dianne Curry at KUAR in advance of the filing deadline for the primary election.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The only announced Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat in central Arkansas called for an increase in federal education spending, moving from a minimum wage to a so-called living wage, and embraced President Obama in an interview with KUAR.