The early voting sites for Independence County are Southside City Hall, at 2181 Batesville Blvd., and the Batesville Community Center, at 1420 20th St.

Weekday hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 19, and ends Monday, Nov. 2., when the early voting sites close at 5 p.m.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The deadline to physically pick one up at the clerk’s office is Monday, Nov. 2, the day before Election Day. The county clerk’s office is located at 192 E. Main St. in Batesville.

For more information on what’s going to be on the ballot, look for the Independence County Election Proclamation, in our classified advertising section. Doing a little homework on the issues and making up your mind before stepping up to the voting machine can make casting a ballot take less time, especially during general elections when more people are expected to go to the polls.

Readers can visit guardonline.com for election night results.

Every state has its own set of rules, but election night will not end on Nov. 3.

In Arkansas, election commissioners must wait 10 days for any late-arriving overseas and military ballots to make it in before they certify the election and close its books.

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