Filing Period Continues for March Primaries

Thursday, November 5, 2015

During last year's special legislative session Arkansas lawmakers approved a change in the date for the state's preferential primaries, moving them to March 1. As a result, the party filing period for next year's November election is now underway. In years past, the filing period did not begin until January of the election year, but this year it was moved-up by lawmakers as the state joined a group of others from the south in a new "super primary."

With the change of dates, the filing period for the March 1 primary election began at noon on Monday, Nov. 2, and will continue through noon on Monday, Nov. 9, at county clerk's offices across the state.

As of noon, Wednesday, Nov. 4, only a handful of candidates had registered, setting up one contested race. Filing for Clay County Judge was former State Representative Mike Patterson, of Piggott, and Jeff Young of Pollard. Meanwhile, the only other candidate to file for a county-wide race is Sheriff Terry Miller, who is seeking re-election.

Incumbent JPs filing on the first day included Dennis Haines, in District 6, and Aubrey E. (John) Mansker, in District 9.

The only other filings were for constable, as incumbent Mike Mansker filed for Bennett and Lemmons, Elmo Hollis is running in North St. Francis and Todd Watson is running for constable from East Oak Bluff and Terry Robertson for West Oak Bluff.

Election officials noted with the change the deadline to apply to register to vote for the March primary is Monday, Feb. 1.

According to the Secretary of State's office, all voters are encouraged to check their status in advance of the registration cut-off. The information is also available online at

Clay County residents unsure about their voter registration status may visit either of the county clerk's offices in Piggott or Corning, or may call 598-2813.

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