Secretary of State: Machines Not Ready, Start With Paper Ballots
"Over the past several days, there have been many questions about the status of our statewide voting system implementation here in Arkansas and our readiness to conduct the May primary election. After reviewing the information available to me and consulting with our counties, my staff and our voting system vendor, I would like to offer the following announcements.
Early voting for the primary election begins Monday, May 8. All counties in Arkansas will be prepared to conduct early voting and everyone in the state will have an opportunity to vote early if they so choose.
Now, as many of you know, we had made plans in Arkansas to conduct early voting with electronic voting machines in each county as part of our larger plan to comply with the Help America Vote Act. Most counties were prepared to conduct early voting on one or two electronic voting machines. It appears as of today that we will see a limited use of electronic voting machines for early voting and that instead most Arkansans will be voting early using paper ballots, just as they have been accustomed to doing in the past....continued....