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Dozens of mayoral seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s runoff elections

By: - December 5, 2022 5:30 am
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, is election day for runoffs from the Nov. 8 election.(Antoinette

Nearly three dozen Arkansas mayoral races will be decided Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in runoff elections because no single candidate received a required enough votes to win the Nov. 8 election.(Antoinette Grajeda/Arkansas Advocate)

Thirty-four mayoral races will be decided in Tuesday’s runoff election. Seventeen include incumbents like Linda Newbury in Union County. The Felsenthal mayor is facing Theresa Howard after both candidates received 24 votes in the general election.

More than 70 elections for mayoral, city council and school board positions are occurring in thirty-nine counties statewide

There are no runoff elections for state or federal offices in Arkansas. County and municipal races result in a runoff whenever there are more than two candidates and no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, according to state law

The two candidates with the highest number of votes will compete in the runoff. If the two candidates tie in a runoff, the county board will determine the winner by lot at a public meeting. 

To avoid a runoff, a candidate who receives 40% of the votes cast must obtain at least 20% more than the second-place candidate. Municipal officers do not include officers of cities that have a city manager form of government, so those races are not subject to the state’s runoff regulations. 

Monday is the last day for early voting. Polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Election Day.

Visit to find polling locations in your county.

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Antoinette Grajeda
Antoinette Grajeda

Antoinette Grajeda is a multimedia journalist who has reported since 2007 on a wide range of topics, including politics, health, education, immigration and the arts for NPR affiliates, print publications and digital platforms. A University of Arkansas alumna, she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and a master’s degree in documentary film.