Local voters have choices
By Scott Loftis
Tuesday is Election Day and Carroll County voters will have a lot of decisions to make.
Among the issues on the ballot in Carroll County are a proposal to incorporate Holiday Island, a proposed permanent entertainment district in Eureka Springs and a bid to abolish the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission.
Voters will also decide the outcome of three contested races for Eureka Springs City Council seats and one race for a JP’s position on the Carroll County Quorum Court.
The District 97 seat in the state House of Representatives is also up for grabs.
And should voters in Holiday Island approve incorporation as a town, they’ll choose from a slate of candidates for city offices including mayor and city council.
Vote centers in Carroll County will be open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Registered voters can cast their ballots at any of the six vote centers, regardless of where they live.
The vote centers are located at:
• Freeman Heights Baptist Church, 522 W. Freeman Ave. in Berryville;
• St. Elizabeth Parish Center, 232 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs;
• Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church, 9546 Highway 103 North in Green Forest;
• Grace Baptist Church, 151 Ratzlaff Ave. in Green Forest;
• Holiday Island Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive in Holiday Island;
• and Osage Baptist Church, 16475 Highway 103 South in Alpena.
Although Tuesday is Election Day, thousands of Carroll County voters have already cast ballots through absentee and early voting. Election coordinator Sherry Cochrane said that as of 9 a.m. Monday, 1,936 absentee ballots had returned to the Carroll County clerk’s office and 6,981 voters had taken advantage of early voting.