School elections today. We’ll be following things tonight as usual. Care to make a prediction? Or provide a report from polls?

A victory by Anna Swaim in the Zone 2 race in Little Rock would instantly change the tenor of Little Rock School Board meetings for the better. On account of the special interest money deployed against him and the editorial scorn of the daily paper, a victory for incumbent Micheal Daugherty likely means an even more entrenched version of the closed process by which the board is now governing. Not a good thing. I have, however, heard rumors of plans for peacemaking intervention by some prominent black people should Daugherty be re-elected. We shall see.

UPDATE: 495 paper absentee ballots have been received so far for all three elections in the county. Susan Inman said 149 people voted early at the courthouse.