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Early voting continues Monday in Arkansas

About a quarter of Arkansas' registered voters have cast ballots early in this year's general election.
Voters wait an hour in line to vote the day before the election
Voters wait an hour in line to vote the day before the election
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP & KLRT) - About a quarter of Arkansas' registered voters have already cast ballots in this year's general election.

Early voting wraps up Monday in Arkansas. Overall, Secretary of State Mark Martin predicts a similar turnout to the 2008 general election, when nearly 65 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

Martin said as of Saturday, 406, 240 voters had cast early votes, or about 25% of registered voters.

In Pulaski County, the only early voting location was downtown at 501 West Markham Street. The hour-long line stretched around the block. Voters who showed up early had to stand in a light rain while they waited.

"Unfortunately I didn't know that the rain was going to come. I'm just out here weathering the storm so I can get my vote in,” said Chimera Hampton.

Voters are casting ballots on the presidential race and congressional races. Most of the campaign's focus has been on House and Senate races around the state as Republicans try to win control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

On Election Day, polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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