Arkansas: March 31 runoff to go on despite the health scare | Dale Ellis and Michael R. Wickline/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jefferson County will not seek to delay its March 31 primary runoff. On Monday, the county’s election commissioners decided to ask the prosecuting attorney to file a suit in circuit court in an effort to postpone the election until May 19 because of coronavirus concerns. The next day, however, Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter responded that the prudent course of action would be to forge ahead with preparations for the runoff rather than try to set a precedent by seeking the delay. There is no mechanism in state law to support a delay. “I got the letter from the commission asking me to go forward,” Hunter said Tuesday. “I sent them back a response today telling them my opinion is to follow the recommendation of the [State Board of Election Commissioners], and the governor’s office, and that the legally prudent thing right now for Jefferson County is to follow that course of action and to prepare for an election on March 31.” The election commissioners Monday advised officials in 12 counties to consider several strategies — including absentee voting — to mitigate any negative effects that the coronavirus may have on their runoffs.