Election commission approves vote center plan

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Voting might be getting a lot more convenient for Carroll County residents.

The Carroll County Election Commission voted Friday to approve the Carroll County Vote Center Plan. Vote centers combine multiple precincts and allow residents to vote at any polling site within the county.

Election coordinator Sherry Cochrane said the vote center plan still needs to be approved by the county’s quorum court and the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.

“We’ve sent a copy of the plan to the secretary of state’s office,” Cochrane said. “The main thing with vote centers is that it’s going to be more convenient for people.”

She continued, “If they live in another place and work in Berryville or Eureka Springs, then they can vote there instead of having to go to their regular polling site.”

Cochrane said vote centers also would cut down on some of the county’s provisional ballots. She said implementing vote centers should make the election process easier for voters if Carroll County’s plan is approved by the quorum court and secretary of state’s office.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the courtroom of the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

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