Arkansas election officials say more than 24K cast a ballot on first day of early voting

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas election officials say more than 24,000 residents cast a ballot on the first day of early voting, surpassing the number who voted early on the first day for the last midterm election.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 24,508 people early voted on Monday, the beginning of the two-week early voting period for the Nov. 4 election. That surpasses the 21,575 voters who cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2010 election. It's short of the 35,403 who cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2012 general election.

Martin's office has predicted 51 percent of the state's 1.7 million registered voters will cast a ballot in this year's election.

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