CONWAY Early voting has started across Arkansas with ballots being cast more than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election day.
Secretary of State Mark Martin said the numbers of early voters have increased each year as more people look to avoid potentially long lines come election day.
A small crowd was gathered at the Faulkner County Courthouse on Monday morning as early voting got under way there. More than a dozen people were in a line that snaked out the door and into the hallway shortly before 9 a.m.
Among them was Virginia King of Conway, who said she was pleased to get in, vote and be out within about 15 minutes.
"I don't like long lines, and I like to get it over with," she said as she left the courthouse.
King, who is retired, said she cast a ballot for Mitt Romney for president because she likes his family values. Robbie Morgan, another Conway retiree, said she also supported Romney.
"Well, I don't like the way the last four years have been," Morgan said. "I figure give someone else a chance."
Morgan, who said she is a Republican and also voted to reelect U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, said she got in and out in about 10 minutes, which she said was far shorter than she likely would have waited on Nov. 6.
"I come to avoid the crowds," she said. "It just relieves some congestion."
In most counties, early votes can be cast at the local courthouse. Voters can visit www.voterview.org to check their registration.
In Pulaski County, voters can visit the Pulaski County circuit/county clerk's website, www.pulaskiclerk.com/search.asp, to find sample ballots.