Arkansas voters comment at polls after casting general election ballots



We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

People:

Organizations:

Subjects:

Places:

 


A collection of voter voices during Tuesday's general election in Arkansas:

In Fayetteville, Allyn Fuel, 29, a biology graduate student at the University of Arkansas, arrived at the Mount Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville to vole Tuesday morning with her choices written in pen as "Yes" or "No" on her left hand.

Fuell said she is a registered Democrat who votes "Green when I can."

Fuel said she voted for Mike Ross for governor, for raising the state's minimum wage, for legalizing alcohol sales statewide, and for Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in his race against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton for the U.S. Senate.

"Cotton voted against the farm bill; he voted against a bunch of issues that are important to me," Fuell said.

_____

Jeff Ahern, 30, a realtor in Fayetteville, said he voted for Republicans Asa Hutchinson for governor and Cotton for Senate "just because of his overall platform that I read."

Ahern said he also supported the legalization of alcohol sales statewide and raising the state's minimum wage, adding that he came prepared.

"I used to get here and read the issues on the ballot, but now I'm able to read all about them on various websites beforehand," Ahern said.

_____

In Little Rock Seth Buckman, 25, said he voted for Cotton in the Senate race, citing the fact that he opposes abortion.

"Pryor has always been kind of really prochoice. Pryor year after year, if you've been up there that long and not much has changed and you're going to vote with Obama that much, yeah."

_____

Buckman also said he voted for a proposal to allow alcohol sales statewide because he believes some counties have a monopoly on the sales.

"Look at Conway now and Maumelle now. All that tax revenue and all that money that Conway would be making is going to "Maumelle."

_____

Voting at Faith United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Vince Gray said he voted for Pryor over Cotton. Gray, 65, said he was concerned that Cotton would support raising the retirement age for Social Security and said he believed Pryor had done a "pretty decent" job since taking office in 2003.

"I think he's worked hard to help the economy of Arkansas with different things," Gray said.

Gray, however, said he didn't disagree with all of Cotton's stances and said he agreed with the Republican's unsuccessful push to separate food stamp funding from the farm bill.

"They're always tagging things onto bills that you don't want and shouldn't be there," he said.


Christie Lane, a stay at home mom and part-time waitress, said she also cast her vote for Pryor at Faith United Methodist in Little Rock. Lane said Cotton gave her a "bad feeling" and said she was bothered by his focus on opposing the president's federal health overhaul.

"I don't think it needs to go away. Does it need to be tweaked? Probably," said Lane, 40. "But I think it's a good law overall and we need to keep it."


Danny Scott, who cast his ballot at Grace Church in Bryant, said he voted for Cotton in the Senate race. Scott, 51, said he believed Cotton came across as more "down to earth" in his television ads. Scott said he had voted for Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, but said he was "disgruntled" with Washington.

"We could use some new faces and some change," Scott said. "It's all about some change and trying something different."


Associated Press writers Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock and Kelly Kissel in Little Rock contributed to this report.

All content copyright ©2014 Daily Reporter, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.
Daily Reporter • 22 W. New Road • Greenfield, IN 46140 • (317) 462-5528