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County changes to affect Annexation vote

The Sebastian County Election Commission approved a plan Thursday that would reduce the cost for an August library millage election.

The proposal, developed by the Fort Smith Public Library board, is part of a cost-reduction plan that will open only four polling places for the election, as opposed to the usual 22.

According to a Thursday report, citywide elections can cost upward of $35,000. With the plan in place, the cost of the election would be about $10,000, library director Jennifer Goodson said in the report.

The plan will open one polling place per ward, including Creekmore Park, the Windsor Drive library branch, East Side Baptist Church and the Southside Senior Center.

The plan originally included a polling site at Ben Geren Regional Park, but election commissioner David Damron questioned that inclusion, feeling there would be broader voter support in that ward if relocated to East Side Baptist Church.

Goodson, who attended Thursday’s meeting, agreed and said the library board would be open to the East Side Baptist location if the voter turnout would be greater.

The library is seeking a 2-mill hike on Aug. 12. Early voting will run from Aug. 5-11 at the Fort Smith courthouse.

Barling Ballot Slots Chosen

Also Thursday, ballot positions were drawn for the Barling city director position special election, also set for Aug. 12. Kenny Engel drew first position on the ballot for the at-large position 7 seat, followed by Lee Bennett Moore and Ronald Sharum.

Voters may cast early ballots from Aug. 5-11 at the Fort Smith courthouse. Voting on Election Day will be at the senior center in Barling.

Greenwood Change

The commission also approved a plan that would move the 44 registered Greenwood voters at the Rye Hill location, 9-6A, to the Southside Senior Center, should there be an election to decide on the proposed annexation of the Shadow Lake Estates into the city of Greenwood.

The plan is pending the outcome of the third reading of the annexation proposal to the City Council in July.

Runoff Results Certified

Also Thursday, the panel certified Sebastian County results of the Republican primary runoff election, which saw Little Rock lawyer Leslie Rutledge win the Republican nomination for attorney general, defeating her opponent David Sterling.

The commission accepted three provisional ballots for the primary runoff, and rejected another for failure to produce valid identification.

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