Voting for the extension of the three quarter cent sales tax will held at City Hall at 30 Bell Road on November 10. There will be only one issue on the ballot and this election is being looked at as a test for future elections. If all goes well it is possible that future elections will held in City Hall instead of having several precincts throughout the city.
According to Election Commissioner Lee Web the County Courthouse cannot be used as a polling place due to overcrowding. City Hall was on a list of possible locations for the November vote, which also included the Sebastian County Fair Barn.
"I was informed that due to the cost of running three polling places that they needed to shut those down and have one polling place," said Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow. "We were asked if having it at City Hall was a possibility. I said it certainly could be but that there could be issues with parking and the size of the building." The three quarter cent sales tax vote is expected have a lighter voter turnout due to being a special election. The mayor stated that he is hopeful that this will prove to be a good test run. "If there are too many complications in November the board will have to look at other options," said Kinslow. If all goes well the primaries in March will be held at city hall as well as the general election. Kinslow stated that all city employees will be asked to park in the rear parking lot in order to make room for voters. The polls will be located in old police station in City Hall.
The mayor stated that none of the regularly scheduled meetings are expected to be interrupted.
"We want to urge people to be patient because this will be the first attempt at City Hall," said Election Commission Chairman David Damron. "But come out and vote and we will see how it goes and if it doesn’t work then there are other locations." Damron said that moving the polls to a single locations will help save the county money and volunteer hours.
Damron stated that the commission was expecting to have all electronic voting machines for this election but that is not the case but that he is hopeful they will be in place for the primaries.
Votes will still be counted at the courthouse.
Early voting will be November 3 through November 9 and will be open from 8 am to 5 pm. The polls will be open 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on election day.