County Election Commissioners to Meet

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Clay County Election Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the election warehouse in Corning.

The meeting is being held to work on final preparations for the upcoming General Election, set for Tuesday, Nov. 3. The public is invited to attend.

Earlier this year the commissioners voted to reduce the number of polling places for the General Election, citing the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of poll workers. Under the updated plan, early voting will only be conducted at the community centers in Piggott and Corning. They also voted to reduce the polling sites for the General Election to three, although voters from throughout the county may cast their ballots at any of the locations they choose.

Several years ago Clay County switched to polling centers, allowing voters from across the county to visit any of the locales they chose on election day. This system will also be in place this year, although the number of sites has been reduced.

Under the new guidelines, early voting will be held at the Corning Community Center (M.B. Ainley) and the Piggott Community Center and there will be no early voting at either courthouse.

The number of sites for election day are also limited to three, with polling at three community centers—the Piggott Community Center, the Corning Community Center (M.B. Ainley), and the Rector Community Center.

According to Clay County Clerk Pat Poole, the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming General Election is Monday, Oct. 5. She indicated those wanting information concerning their voter registration may contact her office at 870 598-2813. Those wanting additional information on the changes approved by the election commissioners, or the upcoming meeting, may contact Clay County Election Coordinator Karen Cagle at 870 240-3295.

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