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Baxter County candidates enter final stretch of primary run-offs

Today marks the final day of early voting in Baxter County’s primary run-off races as candidates make the final push to cross the finish line on Tuesday.

Early voting polls open for a final time today starting at 8 a.m., and will remain open until 4:30 p.m.

As of Friday, 1,638 votes were cast during early voting in Baxter County.

Election Day for the Primary Runoffs will be held on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Republican runoff races include a race between Shannon Walker and Sheila Wingard for JP District 10 and a race for Baxter County Judge between Brian Plumlee and Kevin Litty. Both Walker and Plumlee secured the most votes on election night for their respective races but failed to reach the majority needed to win.

Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass recently endorsed Litty during an interview on XL7-TV. The race for county judge has taken a negative dive over the past few weeks, with several anonymous Facebook accounts attacking Plumlee. One account leaked Plumlee’s private water bills, showing that he and his wife had missed payments.

Plumlee said the non-payments were accidental, and the account had been paid. Social media reactions to the document leaks were mostly in Plumlee’s favor, with many county residents blaming Litty for the posts attacking his opponent.

Litty said he had no connection to the accounts and would not participate in a negative campaign and slander in a Facebook post regarding the social media attacks on Plumlee.

In other election news, the secret counting of a provisional ballot in the JP District 10 race continues to loom over Walker and Wingard as they enter the final stretch. Walker was notified of the secret counting and the results during a phone call with members of the Baxter County Election Commission and Rick Peglar, the chairman of the Baxter County Republican Committee.

For those citizens wishing to keep a closer eye on this primary run-off, a list of appointed election officials, deputy clerks, or additional deputies hired to conduct the early voting can be located on the Baxter County & Circuit Clerk’s office door beginning June 3, 2022.

Any person who makes an objection to the service of a designated poll worker must make it known to the County Board of Election Commissioners within seven calendar days.

The deadline for objections must be received before the date of the election.

Votes will be tabulated at the Baxter County Courthouse after the closing of the polls on Election Day.

Hearings will be held for Provisional Ballots that are rejected on the following Monday, 27, 2022, from 10 a.m. till noon.

The deadline to register to vote in the Primary Runoff Election was May 23, 2022.

Sample Ballots are available online at https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org.

Early Voting locations will be:

Baxter County Courthouse- 1 East 7th., Mountain Home

Twin Lake Plaza- 759 Business Hwy 62 E, Mountain Home

Election Commission Headquarters-213 E 5th St., Mountain Home

June 21, Primary Runoff Election Day polls open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. at the following locations and addresses:

1.           Baxter County Courthouse, 1 East 7th St. Mountain Home, AR.72653

2.           Big Flat, Big Flat City Hall, Hwy 14, Big Flat, AR. 72951

3.           Eastside Baptist Church, 718 East 9th St., Mountain Home, AR. 7265

4.           Henderson Fire Station, 12487 Hwy 62 East, Henderson, AR. 72544

5.           Lakeview City Hall, 14 Skyles Lane, Lakeview, AR

6.           Lone Rock Baptist Church, 6726 Push Mountain Road, Norfork, AR 72658

7.           Midway Safety Training Center, 170 Dillard Drive, Midway, AR. 7265

8.           Northeast Lakeside Fire Station, 5482 Hwy 62 East, Mountain Home, AR.72653

9.           Norfork First Baptist Church, 36 Second St., Norfork, AR.72658

10.         Salesville Community Center, 46 Gillespie St., Salesville, AR. 72653

11.         Twin Lakes Plaza, 729 Business Hwy 62 East., Mountain Home, AR. 72653 (behind Hobby Lobby)

12.         Wesley United Methodist Church, 179 Memory Lane, Cotter, AR.72626

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