County switches to voting centers

Updated: October 23, 2018

Special to the Little River News

Little River County will use voting centers for the General Election this November 6.

Voting centers are different from polling sites in that registered voters may vote at any one of the six centers regardless of their residence in the county. Appropriate ballot styles will be available for all voters at all locations.

The six sites are – First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads, First Baptist Church of Foreman, Little River County Election Center west of the courthouse in Ashdown, Ogden Community Building, Baptist Church of Wilton and Millwood Baptist Church.

In addition to the voting centers, Little River County voters will use new election equipment for the first time. Poll workers have recently received training in the use of the new equipment which has been well received in surrounding counties.

The Little River County Election Commission reminds voters that they may vote absentee by contacting the county clerk’s office at (870) 898-3462 and getting an application. Also, voters may choose to vote early. Early voting will be held at the Little River County Election Center, just west of the courthouse.

Hours for early voting are: Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; two Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting will conclude on Monday, May 5, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting has become very popular for elections with more than half of all voters recently taking advantage of the option.

The Commission urges voters to become familiar with the five amendments which appear on the ballot as state law allows five minutes at the voting terminal. Copies of the ballot will be available at all centers for voters to read prior to casting their ballot. As in recent elections, voters will need to show their photo I.D.s when signing in.