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story.lead_photo.caption Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston and Susan Inman, who are both running for secretary of state, are shown in these file photos.

An Arkansas county temporarily closed most of its early voting sites after the Democratic nominee for secretary of state was left off the ballot, a glitch the candidate said left her in "sheer disbelief."

An official with the Garland County Election Commission said three of the county's four early voting sites were closed at times Monday because ballots did not include Susan Inman, the Democrat running for secretary of state. The sites have since re-opened.

Monday marked the start of early voting for Arkansas' Nov. 6 midterm election.

“I received a text from a friend who went to the early voting poll and said my name wasn’t on the ballot,” Inman said late Monday morning. “Of course I was in sheer disbelief.”

Inman said she contacted the Garland County Election Commission. Once the Election Commission confirmed that her name was missing from the ballot, however, officials closed the polls, the candidate said.

“This should have never happened,” Inman said. “This is an actual failure of election officials to check their materials.”

[RELATED: Early voting begins for Arkansas midterm election]

Commission Executive Secretary Sundra Mallory said before noon that ballots with Inman's name were available at the voting site at the Election Commission Building voting site. Mallory said two other sites also were open: one at the Hancock Fabric Building and another at Faith Fellowship Church. The fourth, LakePointe Church, is also open again, according to KT Anderson, a volunteer at the church.

Inman said that voters who go to the polls and find candidates missing from their ballots should not cast those ballots, but should instead take them back to election officials for correction, verification, or to determine the problem.

Inman is running against Republican John Thurston, who is currently the state's land commissioner. The current secretary of state, Republican Mark Martin, is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Reporter Josh Snyder and The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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  • Jfish
    October 22, 2018 at 2:23 p.m.

    I agree, inexcusable for a 1 page ballot, don't they have at least one or two people proof checking these things? If anyone did vote, they should be notified that their ballot has been voided and they will have to vote again. It might be a hassle but we must ensure that voting is still the one thing where fairness is guaranteed.

  • RBear
    October 22, 2018 at 4:41 p.m.

    Pack most of the time you talk out your a** and this is one of them. As I said, ballot approval for statewide is at the state level. Garland County Elections is an appointed board with Republicans being appointed. It was a mistake, but they should have checked the ballot more closely. Next time, unless you REALLY know something, STFU. You lie more than you actually provide factual information.

  • PopMom
    October 22, 2018 at 8:43 p.m.


    I never said that Garland County is a democratic stronghold. I warned of "equipment failures." Why do you make $hit up? When the Democrats were in control in Arkansas, some of them would mess with the equipment in the Republican areas. The Republicans returned the favor in Florida in 2000 where many minority precincts had an unusual number of broken machines. Both sides cheat when they are in power, which is a good reason for independents to continually kick the rascals out!

  • independentlythinking
    October 23, 2018 at 10:02 a.m.

    I agree to all and may the their thiefdom tumble!

  • PopMom
    October 23, 2018 at 10:33 a.m.


    Amen! When the Dems are in power, vote Republican. When the Republicans are in power, vote for the Dems. Kick all the damn rascals out.

  • RBear
    October 23, 2018 at 11:24 a.m.

    It's what Pack does. He talks out his a** most of the time and usually backtracks on what he said.