Early voting will start next week in the runoff election for the Republican candidate for Cleburne County Sheriff.
Early voting will start next week in the runoff election for the Republican candidate for Cleburne County Sheriff. Because not of the candidates received 51% of the vote in last week’s primary, the two top candidates will compete in a runoff election. Richard Swain, who received 1098 votes, and Don Sims, who received 954 votes, will appear on the runoff ballot to determine who will appear on the November ballot against Democratic candidate Bob Sherrill.
It is important to note that the runoff election is only open to voters that cast a vote in the Republican primary election, on a non-partisan ticket, or eligible registered voters that didn’t vote in the primary. If you voted on the Democratic ticket, you are not eligible to vote in this runoff election.
Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden issued a statement informing the public that crossover voting on the Republican ticket from voters that voted Democratic in the primary is illegal.
“Each election year we have had a few voters who will vote in one party’s preferential primary and then cast a ballot in the runoff of another party,” said McSpadden. “That conduct is specifically prohibited under Arkansas law and constitutes a crime. Hopefully, we will have no violations during the run-off this year and no one will be charged.”
Early voting begins next Tuesday, June 3rd, at the Cleburne County Courthouse from 8am-4:30pm through Friday, June 6th, and again on Monday, June 9th. On Tuesday, June 10th, voting will take place at the designated polling stations around the county.
For questions concerning voting eligibility and polling information, contact the Cleburne County Clerk’s Office at 501-362-4620.