Early vot­ing cen­ters set; is­sues still ‘iffy’

The Weekly Vista - - Opinion - MAY­LON RICE

While it may seem to change, day-to-day, whether the five Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ments will sur­vive le­gal chal­lenges and be on the up­com­ing Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion bal­lot, the Ben­ton County Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has set the lo­ca­tions for early vot­ing cen­ters.

Early in-per­son vot­ing be­gins at the start of busi­ness on Mon­day, Oct. 22, and ends at the end of busi­ness on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

The Novem­ber Gen­eral Elec­tion Polls open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and close at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Ben­ton County’s Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has re­leased the list of early, in-per­son vot­ing cen­ters.

These vot­ing cen­ters are open and, if you are a reg­is­tered voter any­where in Ben­ton County, you may cast your vote at any of these cen­ters re­gard­less of whether it is near your tra­di­tional polling place or not.

Most are open all day, Mon­day through Fri­day, and some on Satur­day morn­ings; how­ever, please check your pre­ferred lo­ca­tion for ex­act times by day be­fore head­ing out. These cen­ters, dates and times are:

• Ben­ton County Clerk’s

Of­fice, 215 E. Cen­tral, Suite 217, Bentonville. Of­fice will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This of­fice will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 27, and Satur­day, Nov. 3. This of­fice will also be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• Ben­ton County Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Of­fice, 2109 E. Wal­nut, Rogers, will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This of­fice will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 27, and Satur­day, Nov. 3. This of­fice will also be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• Ben­ton County Clerk’s

Of­fice, 707 S. Lin­coln, Siloam Springs, will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. It is also open on Satur­day, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This site is open Mon­day, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Siloam Springs Com­mu­nity Build­ing, 110 N. Mt. Olive Street, Siloam Springs, will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This of­fice will not be open on Satur­day. The Cen­ter will be open Mon­day, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• First Land­mark Bap­tist

Church, 206 SE 28th Street, Bentonville, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This of­fice will not be open on Satur­days and is also closed Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• Rior­dan Hall, 3 Rior­dan

Road, Bella Vista, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 2226 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This site will be closed on Satur­days and closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• Bella Vista Fire Sta­tion,

101 Town­cen­ter, Bella Vista, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This polling place will be closed Satur­days and also closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• In­trust Bank, 3300

Mar­ket, Suite 130, Rogers, will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This polling cen­ter will not be open Satur­days. This cen­ter will be closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• Rogers/Low­ell Cham­ber of Com­merce, 506 En­ter­prise Drive, Low­ell, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29Nov. 2. This polling cen­ter will not be open Satur­days and will also be closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

• Reach Church, 900 W.

Cen­ter­ton Blvd., Cen­ter­ton, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This polling cen­ter will not be open Satur­days and will also be closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5. • NEBCO Com­mu­nity

Build­ing, 17823 Mar­shall Street, Garfield, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This polling cen­ter will not be open Satur­days and will also be closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5. • Gravette Civic Cen­ter, 401 Charlotte Street SE, Gravette, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. This polling cen­ter will not be open Satur­days and will also be closed on Mon­day, Nov. 5.

Be­fore a per­son is per­mit­ted to cast an early vote, the Elec­tion Of­fi­cial will

re­quest vot­ers to iden­tify them­selves by stat­ing their name, date of birth and ad­dress. These polling cen­ters were ap­proved by the Ben­ton County Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. Any ques­tions may be re­ferred to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Of­fice by calling 479-271-1049.

May­lon Rice is a former jour­nal­ist who worked for sev­eral north­west Arkansas pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached via email at maylontrice@yahoo.com. Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

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