Tuesday will mark the first time Independence County voters will be able to vote at any polling site within the county.
In 2018, the Independence County Election Commission completed the state process of being a Vote Center county and the Independence County Quorum Court approved the application to the state.
Darrell Hays, Independence County Election Commission chairman, explained the process like this.
“Imagine someone registered in the Cushman Union area, and they are in Little Rock on Election Day, and they get tied up in traffic and realized there is no way they can get to Cushman by 7:30 that evening. Once they cross the county line, they can stop at Pleasant Plains at 7:15 p.m. and be able to vote. Or if a registered voter works in Batesville, they can stop by two or three different sites on their way home if they live at the outer edges of the county. It is Early Vote on Election Day now.”
There will be 12 polling sites open on Election Day: Batesville Community Center and Aquatic Center, Batesville West Baptist Church, Desha Fire Department, Believer’s Church at Pfeiffer, Southside City Hall, Pleasant Plains City Hall, Charlotte Fire Department, Cushman Community Center, Newark Fire Department, Oil Trough City Hall/Community Center, Sulphur Rock City Hall, and Moorefield City Hall/Community Center.
Polls open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
Currently, Early Voting is still in process at the Batesville Community Center & Aquatic Center and the Southside City Hall. Early Vote ends at 5 p.m. Monday.
For a look at your ballot beforehand, google the Arkansas Secretary of State office website, go to Elections, then Voter View and you will be able to view your voter status and pull up a sample ballot. For other questions concerning the election, contact the County Clerk’s office at (870) 793-8828.
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