Washington County Election Commission Votes Against Bringing Polling Center To U Of A

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A push to bring a voting center to the University of Arkansas campus failed on Friday (Aug. 19) after the request was denied by the Washington County Election Commission.

The commission voted down the proposal, which would have brought a polling location to the Arkansas Student Union. Adding a polling center would have cost an estimated $6-7,000, which possibly would have been paid for by the Residents' Interhall Congress.

The Associated Student Government, Young Democrats and College Republicans had pushed for the new polling location, arguing that having a center on campus would encourage more students to vote.

"Without more detail, without more research on their part, it's hard to justify spending the county's tax money on a voting location on campus," said Bill Ackerman, Washington County Election Commission chairman.

The chairman said there at least six polling sites a few minutes from campus, and that the commission would be happy to revisit the proposal after the first of the year.