Vot­ing ends to­day in HSV spe­cial elec­tion

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

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.

SARAH PERRY/THE Sa­line Courier

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.

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