Voting ends today in HSV special election
A special election to fill a vacant seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives ends today. Gov. Asa Hutchinson scheduled the special election following the Arkansas House Caucus’ vote to expel state. Rep. Mickey Gates, of Hot Springs.
The vote to expel Gates came after he pleaded no contest to failing to pay taxes for several years.
Voting will take place until
7:30 p.m today at Balboa Baptist Church, located at 415 Ponce de Leon Dr. in Hot Springs Village.
Candidates on the ballot will be Justice of the Peace Richard Mcgrew and Jack Wells, both of Garland County.
The person that wins the election will finish out the rest of Gates’ term.
During the Preferential Primary Election set for March, a person
will be elected for a new term, Curtis explained.
According to Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis, the election is going well with voting being “fairly steady.”
During six days of early voting a total of 263 people cast their ballots.
“We wish everyone would get out and vote,” Curtis said.
This was the election that was conducting using new voting equipment. The equipment was purchased during a 50/50 matching grant between the state and the Saline County Quorum Court.
Curtis said the new equipment is fantastic and that he is happy with it.
Walt Wyrick is the first person to cast a ballot on new voting equipment during the special election. Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis said he is extremely happy with the equipment.