Around 655 voters cast their ballots in Jefferson County on the first day of early voting Monday in the mid-term election.

Early voting hours at the Jefferson County Courthouse are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 26. On Saturday, Oct. 27, early voting hours at the courthouse are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Monday, Oct. 29, hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 2. On Saturday, Nov. 3, early voting hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day of early voting — Monday, Nov. 5 — hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the courthouse.

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters must report to their polling stations between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Joni Alexander, who won the Democratic Party nomination for Pine Bluff alderman Ward 1, Position 2, will face Republican Jesse Turner. This week, The Commercial will feature a story on both candidates.

No other elected position in Pine Bluff will be contested this year. One position on the Jefferson County Quorum Court will be decided as Alfred Carroll Sr., who won the Democratic Party primary, will be challenged by Libertarian James Michael Hood.

Two constitutional amendments that were to be counted on the November ballot have been ordered struck down by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The items will still appear on ballots but will not be counted, per the Supreme Court’s ruling.

They are Issue 1, an amendment concerning civil lawsuits and the powers of the General Assembly and Supreme Court to adopt court rules, and Issue 3, which dealt with term limits in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled last week that there were technical errors with petition pages containing voter signatures. Without those signatures, the supporters of Issue 3 did not have enough valid voter signatures to place Issue 3 on the statewide ballot for a vote.

The Arkansas Supreme Court also ruled last week that the proposals included in Issue 1 were not all related to each other, as required by the state constitution.

Three constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot. Issue 2 deals with voters presenting certain valid photographic identification when casting a ballot in person or absentee;

Issue 4 is an amendment to require four licenses to be issued for casino gaming at casinos, one each in Crittenden (to Southland Racing Corporation), Garland (to Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc.), Pope and Jefferson counties;

And Issue 5 asks voters to raise the Arkansas minimum wage.

To study details of each amendment, visit