FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Sebastian County Election Commission has more than 300 new machines ready for early voting, which will begin Tuesday (Feb. 16).
Voters will no longer fill out a paper ballot, but instead, be handed a printed ballot after checking in with someone on a tablet. That ballot will be inserted into one of the new machines, and the voter will make his or her selections. After that, the ballot will come back out of the machine for the voter’s review, and it will be placed into another machine, finalizing the vote.
County Clerk Sharon Brooks said the process should be easier than before.
“We hope that the voters be a little patient with us. It's all new equipment; we might have little hiccups, but we'll get through those,” she said.
Judge David Hudson said Sebastian County is one of four counties in Arkansas in a pilot program conducted by the Secretary of State’s office, which is paying $1 million toward the machines. He said tax dollars are paying the remaining $400,000 for the machines.
Hudson said the goal is for the new technology to become the standard for the whole state.
Early Voting Sites in Sebastian County:
- East Side Baptist Church (Connections Building 2710 Massard Road)
- Sebastian County Courthouse (35 S. 6th St. Room G8)
- Greenwood City Hall (30 Bell Road)