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Early voting for the Nov. 6 General Election begins Oct. 22. Hours at the Courthouse Annex are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. On Monday, Nov. 5, the hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Did you know that being a felon does not mean that person can never vote again? In Arkansas, all convicted felons have their right to vote automatically restored upon completion of sentence, probation and/or parole, and must register again to vote. For more information on registering to vote in Arkansas, visit:

Sales tax

Clinton received $87,509 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in August and reported in September.

Shirley received $3,377 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $29,343 from its 1.5 percent sales tax.

Van Buren County has two 1 percent sales taxes, one for general revenue and one dedicated to construction bonds for the hospital.

The general revenue tax is divided among the county and its four incorporated towns based on population. Those figures for the same period are: Van Buren County, $237,462 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $21,094; Damascus, $2,027; Fairfield Bay, $17,470; and Shirley, $2,359.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


The state Attorney General’s office has issued an alert saying con artists are ramping up efforts to get at the pursestrings of Arkansas consumers in a ploy commonly known as the “grandparents scam.” In the most common version of the scam, a grandparent will receive a phone call from someone posing as a grandchild or friend of a grandchild purporting to be in dire need of money. Then, the scammer requests that the grandparent make a wire transfer of money, often to a location outside the United States.

The Van Buren County Democrat website is available only to print and digital subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, you can access the website at no additional charge.