The Faulkner County Election Commission will discuss merging polls into vote centers and the Feb. 13 special elections during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in Courtroom A of the Faulkner County Courthouse after previously tabling a motion to merge polls.
The meeting is open to the public.
Under the old business heading on the commission’s meeting agenda, the second item reads: “Tabled motion from last meeting. Determine which polls to merge into Vote Centers.”
However, the commission must first vote unanimously in favor of a merge.
Democratic Commissioner Ronnie Hall has said that he is opposed to closing any polling sites.
“I am not moved to close any vote centers that we’ve got,” he said during the Faulkner County Quorum Court’s regular December meeting.
Commission Chair Paul Foster, one of the two Republican commissioners, said some vote centers have such low turnouts that they are not cost effective. He said that in 2016, some vote centers had fewer than 200 voters turn out.
“In the primary and general elections [of 2016], there are approximately eight vote centers that have hardly anybody in them, so that’s not cost effective,” he told the quorum court in December. “If we could eliminate some of these small vote centers, we could save money and assign two poll workers to the larger centers.”