Marion County vote centers approved by state

Some noticeable changes are being implemented for this year’s elections in Marion County. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin’s Chief of Staff Kelly Boyd has informed KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot news the Marion County Election Commission’s proposal for vote centers has been approved.

Commission chair Elaine Ryder says Marion County will begin with two voter centers open for early voting.

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The Arkansas General Assembly voted in 2013 to make the state the ninth in the U.S. to adopt permissive use of vote centers as an alternative to traditional, neighborhood-based precincts. Since then, 12 counties have implemented the new process, and Boone County was the first.

Ryder says Marion County’s new centers should be convenient for the election commission and the voters.

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Ryder says the new vote centers will be available for the May primaries.

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