Early Voting Begins Monday, Oct. 19

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Early voting for the upcoming 2020 General Election gets underway on Monday, Oct. 19, at two of the three voting centers in the county. It will continue until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, with the polls open throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. This year all early and election day voting will be conducted at either the Piggott or Corning community centers, a change approved by the Clay County election commissioners at a meeting in late summer.

Under their 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.

The hours for early voting are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 19 to 30; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.

“By law we have to end early voting at 5 p.m. on the day before the election, in order to prepare for the following day,” Clay County Clerk Pat Poole explained.

Several years ago the county switched to polling centers, allowing voters from across the county to visit any of the locales they chose. This system will be in place again this year, although the number of sites has been reduced due to concerns about the coronavirus and its impact on voters and poll workers.

The number of sites for election day are also limited to three, with polling at three community centers in Piggott, Rector and Corning. Poole indicated the hours would be as usual, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and noted county residents may visit any of the three centers to cast their ballots.

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 may contact Clay County Election Coordinator Karen Cagle at 870 240-3295. Registration information is also available online by visiting www.voterview.org

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