Election Commission to discuss potential for new voting equipment

Friday, March 15, 2013

CARROLL COUNTY -- Election commissioners will meet next Thursday to discuss applying for a state grant that would fund new voting system equipment and programming, Election Coordinator Bethe Henley said Wednesday.

The county is eligible for as much as $10,732 from the Arkansas County Voting System Grant Fund. To be considered for the funding, commissioners must submit a completed application to the Secretary of State's Office by March 31.

Before they can do that, Henley said, commissioners must decide for what purpose they would use the funds -- the purpose of next week's meeting.

The Quorum Court laid the groundwork for receiving the grant in February, when they established a special fund designated for the revenue, as required by law.

Election commissioners last met on March 12, when they tested the accuracy of the voting machines to be used in the Apr. 9 Green Forest sales tax referendum. The machines were given a clean bill of health, Henley said.

Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. on March 21, in the Carroll County Courthouse, in Berryville.

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