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Arkansas expects Election Day surge; turnout likely to top 2008, 2012, officials say

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was originally published October 23, 2016 at 5:45 a.m. Updated October 24, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

Officials working for Secretary of State Mark Martin expect turnout for the Nov. 8 general election to be higher than in the past two presidential election years of 2008 and 2012, a spokesman said.

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DoubleBlind says... October 23, 2016 at 12:36 p.m.

Is Keith Rutledge, Dir of the Board of Election Commissioners related to to the AG? If so, I think there should be a flag on the field. If they're related, that stinks to high heaven of conflict of interest.

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RBBrittain says... October 23, 2016 at 11:40 p.m.

Keith Rutledge is Leslie Rutledge's father. That was noted in the article on his appointment here back in August.

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mrcharles says... October 24, 2016 at 1:55 p.m.

Oh hear the roar of the Frankenstein crowd. Rump still lives they say. Like the demon infused swine they run head long into the ocean [ for the 3rd straight time] , squealing not thinking, Hey there are no demons, we were tricked by the Elites again.

Slak, those who say we we must work in the world of The Elites, I retort
Thus we [ not me ] have made that world.

They the Rich, they, like use to be said in the Outer Limits, Do not attempt to adjust your life {tv} , we are in control.

An ode to rump supporters.

And tricked by your own early dream
and need of solace, Yee grew self deceived,
YoUr making soon your Maker[rump] did Yee deem
and what you had imagined, you believed.

Till in Tiime's stayless stealthy swing
uncompromising, rude Reality
Mangled the Savior of your fashioning,
WHO quavered, sank; and now has ceased to be.

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Packman says... October 24, 2016 at 2:34 p.m.

Would have been nice to see a little more elaboration on the reasons for expecting this level of voter turnout. It seems to be based on turnout for the primaries. It's to be assumed voter turnout in the primaries in 2016 was higher than 2012 and 2008. Did this apply equally to both parties? It's an important question. If Republican primary turnout in 2016 was substantially higher than 2008 and 2012 while Democrat primary turnout static or reduced, it bodes well for Republican candidates in Arkansas in the general election. Would be interesting to see this analysis on a national basis if general election turnout can be reliably forecast by primary turnout.

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