Registered Sebastian County voters wanting to cast their ballots in the annual school board election will unable to do so at the polls on Election Day.
Meghan Hassler, Sebastian County election coordinator, said during a meeting of the Sebastion County Election Commission on Tuesday that per Arkansas Code, the polls for the election will not be open Election Day on Sept. 19. All balloting will be by absentee and early voting because there is no opposition in any of the races in the election.
Hassler said an election commission vote was required to approve the arrangement. The commission also received a resolution from the Fort Smith School Board requesting the vote.
"I had talked to them about doing it, and so they sent a resolution basically stating that they were in agreement, and requesting that we do that," Hassler said.
The other school boards that are part of the election, including those in Greenwood, Hackett, Lavaca and Mansfield, verbally agreed to the arrangement, Hassler said.
The election commission approved a motion that the votes for the school board election be held only by absentee and early voting.
Sebastian County Election Commission Chairman David Damron said the only two polling sites that will be open during this election will be Greenwood City Hall and Room G8 in the Fort Smith courthouse. Early voting will take place on weekdays from Sept. 12 to Sept. 18. The two polls will be closed Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.
The next Sebastian County Election Commission meeting will take place at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 19 in Room G8 in the Fort Smith Courthouse, according to Damron. The commission will also carry out the counting of absentee ballots and tabulation that evening.