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As voters contemplate their ballots, Jay Greene, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, is contemplating the evolution of conservatism. That's the focus of his Honors College symposium, which will be held next spring. Greene will host a preview lecture about the subject Tuesday, Sept. 15, via Zoom.

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According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, about 42,000 Arkansans cast absentee ballots in the 2018 election. Officials say that number could double or triple due as more people vote absentee because of the pandemic. Voters are being urged to vote early to ensure their ballots arrive on time and planning ahead is just one complexity facing Arkansans casting their ballots from overseas.

The Washington and Benton County Election Commissions have teamed up with a local group called Vote Safe Arkansas to make sure voting in the General Election is as safe as possible for as many people as possible. In addition to safety protocols like social distancing and plexiglass shields, they're recruiting more poll workers, raising money for PPE and launching a social media campaign.

For the second consecutive week, a major party is holding a convention that is more virtual than live. John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, talks to Roby Brock, with Talk Business and Politics, about what both the RNC and DNC are trying to accomplish this month.

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This morning, Governor Asa Hutchinson was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition as the Republican National Convention gets underway this week. He discussed his continued support for President Donald Trump and what he believes the president needs to deliver during the convention. Steve Inskeep's full interview with Hutchinson is included below.

John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discuss how Arkansas is dealing with the virus and how social justice may play into November’s elections.

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Early voting begins Aug. 4 for a special election in Bethel Heights and Springdale. Registered voters will be casting ballots for or against the consolidation of the city of Bethel Heights into the city of Springdale. Election officials are implementing new safety precautions in both Benton and Washington County polling sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With November’s election on the horizon, Roby Brock from Talk Business and Politics, and John Brummett, political writer for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, discuss the presidential race, as well as the race for the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Registered voters seeking to avoid crowded voting centers this upcoming General Election during the COVID-19 pandemic can vote absentee, according to a recent directive from Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston. Applications are required and now available online and via mail by request. Washington County Election Commission Executive Director Jennifer Price walks us through the process and timeline. 

The Open Primaries Arkansas group turned in its signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office yesterday. Their initiative would place an open primary concept in front of voters in November. If the measure is approved, it would change how candidates are selected for office in the state.