Changes in Law Convert Polling Sites to Voting Center
Voters planning to cast their ballot in the upcoming General Election now have a choice where they'll vote, thanks to the passage of an ordinance earlier this year by the Clay County Quorum Court. Under the new system, which was authorized by the state legislature, some polling sites were eliminated due to low numbers. The ordinance also declared that all polling sites are now voting centers, and county residents may cast their ballots at any of the locations in Clay County.
In order to qualify for funding to pay for new machines, the county was forced to reduce the number of polling sites. As a result, Payne and Swain precinct voters will now be casting their ballots at the Piggott Community Center as opposed to the center in Nimmons.
But, under the updated system those voters may actually cast their ballots at any of the 10 voting centers in the county. They include-Piggott Community Center, Rector Community Center, McDougal Community Center, Greenway City Hall, Boydsville Community Center, St. Francis City Hall and the Pollard City Hall in the Eastern District. Meanwhile, the Western District locations include-Success City Hall, Knobel Community Center and the Corning Community Center.
Early and absentee voting will be conducted from Oct. 22, through Nov. 5, at the Clay County Clerk's offices in both Piggott and Corning. Ballots may be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. The polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Those wanting additional information may call Clay County Clerk Pat Poole's office at 870 598-2813.