The Faulkner County Quorum Court unanimously approved using Vote Centers instead of polling sites in the 2016 election during its regular meeting Tuesday.

County Judge Jim Baker said he hopes the move, which will allow registered voters throughout the county vote at any center on Election Day regardless of their address, will increase voter turnout.

"I think we ought to accommodate people the best we can so they can go vote," he said.

County Attorney David Hogue said the county will open Vote Centers instead of polling sites at all 26 locations throughout the county, noting that none of the locations have been closed.

Also Tuesday, the quorum court approved the 2016 budget. Budget and Finance Committee Chair Linda Paxton said the budget was largely unchanged and amendments may be needed in February, once the quorum court knows exactly how much carryover funds are available from 2015.

In other business, the quorum court:

• Heard a second reading of an ordinance regarding a change in the personnel policy. It will hear the third reading and vote on the ordinance during its January meeting.

• Approved the county hazard mitigation plan.

• Approved four appropriation ordinances, including one for $2.25 million to finish out the Highway 25 project.

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