Polls open for Arkansas voters in general election; higher turnout than 2010 expected

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Polls are now open for Arkansas voters to cast ballots on Election Day.

State election officials have predicted a higher turnout in this election than in the most recent midterm election in 2010. The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office estimated that 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will cast ballots in the general election.

This year's ballot features a heated U.S. Senate contest between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, along with the governor's race with Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson seeking the office.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Many voters have already cast their ballots, though. Election officials say more than 360,000 people cast ballots early in the two weeks before Tuesday's election.

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