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Smart Talk Oct. 21

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Bad draws The two principal contenders for the presidency of the United States appear at the bottom of the presidential listings on the Pulaski County ballot. Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, is sixth of six. President Bush, the Republican nominee is fifth. At the top of the list is David Cobb of the Green Party. Next, in order, are Michael Anthony Peroutka of the Constitutional Party, Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party and Ralph Nader of the Populist Party. The ballot positions are determined by drawing. Better safe The county clerk’s office reminds voters that voting precincts and polling places have changed since the last general election. To check on your voter registration and polling place for the Nov. 2 election, call 340-8683 for information. Early voting began Monday at the County Courthouse, Dunbar Recreation Center, Dee Brown Library, Delta Trust on Cantrell Road, the Laman Library in North Little Rock, Jacksonville City Hall, the Jess Odom Community Center in Maumelle and the Jack Evans Senior Center in Sherwood. Voting at those locations will continue through Oct. 30 (Nov. 1 at the Courthouse). Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Courthouse. Hours at the other locations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 Saturdays. Rushing to pledge There once was a time when UA Chancellor John White would have liked to see the Greek system, particularly the booze-soaked element of the fraternity scene, dry up and wither. But then frat alums raised a ruckus. Then the campus undertook reform of the Greek system. The results are in on fall rush. Fayetteville announces a record number of Greek wannabes this fall, 423 women and 345 men received bids. A delay of rush until the fifth week of the fall semester is part of the new look of going Greek at UA. To invoke "Animal House": Assume the position, pledges. Second opinion This week, the Times lists its recommendations on state ballot issues. The advice is impeccable, of course. But in case you’d like more information on the constitutional amendments and the initiated act, the University of Arkansas Public Issues Education Center has posted detailed discussions of each at http://piec.uaex.edu

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