Election officials said Monday the turnout for early voting on school board elections was atypical.
According to figures provided by the Faulkner County Clerk’s office Monday, the early voting total was just shy of 2,000 at 2 p.m., two and a half hours before early voting was to end.
Conway residents who did not make early voting hours may attend polls at one of two Conway sports complexes between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today.
"We’ve had a steady stream of voters coming in all day," Sue Patrom, election official, said. "I think we’ll have at least 450 today."
Melinda Reynolds, Faulkner County clerk, said that the number of early voters was remarkable, "especially for a school election."
School board candidates up for election are uncontested in all but the Greenbrier and Conway school districts, and the Mayflower district will have a write-in candidate.
The three vying for Conway Board of Education Zone at large, Position 1 are Andre’ D. Acklin, Ron Hill and Billy Thomas.
Two will contend for Greenbrier Board of Directors, Position 2: Daryl L. Davis and Greg Oaks.
Election officials working at the early voting location, off of Main Street in Conway, said they believe Conway School District’s proposed millage increase may account for some of the unusually large turnout.
An early outline of Conway Schools’ 2012 plan assigned the proposed 1.9 mills increase to debt "associated with the construction of a new elementary school and the reconstruction of the Conway High School-West campus, as well as additional operational cost."
Greg Murry, superintendent, announced at the board’s September meeting that it is his intention to petition the board for the new elementary school "sooner than later" if the millage passes, after the district’s transfer and enrollment figures revealed a marked increase.
An example that the district has used to convey the voter’s responsibility if the millage is successful, shows a property owner of a $150,000 home paying about $57 a year, or $4.75 a month.
The effect to the district, Murry said, would be the funding of a project estimated to cost about $40 million.
"Everyone’s been coming out. This is very high for a school election and early voting," Reynolds said. "This is a good thing though."
Conway residents of the following precincts may attend polls at the Don Owen Sports Complex: 2A, 2B, 2C, 3B, 4C, East Cadron A, East Cadron B, East Cadron C, Harve, Hendrix and Palarm. Residents of 1C-N, 1C-S, 3A, 3D, 3C-E, 3C-W, 4A, 4B, 4D, 1E-E, 1E-W, Benedict, Danley C, Pine Mountain, West Cadron and UCA may attend polls at the McGee Sports Center.
Mayflower School District will have a write-in candidate, and voters will attend the Mayflower City Hall.
Greenbrier School’s voters may attend polls at the Greenbrier City Events Center.
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