BY MELANIE WADE –
Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison has announced that her office is now accepting absentee applications for voters who will need to vote by absentee ballot for the Annual School Election. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, September 12, 2017, with the election being set for September 19, 2017.
Although each district has several expiring positions on their respective boards, Harrison said there are no contested races in the Mena School District or the Cossatot River School District. Those two school districts will not open any polling places on Election Day. Voting will be conducted by early and absentee voting only for voters in the Mena School District and in the Cossatot River School District. Terms for Todd Aynes and Robby Hines are expiring on the Mena School Board. The terms expiring on Cossatot River are for Mark Duggan and Brian Rusty Youngblood.
The Ouachita River School District will have one contested school board race in Zone 5 and will have a polling place on Election Day at both the Acorn Campus and the Oden Campus. There are four terms expiring on the Ouachita River Board, they are: Jason Neugent, Lana Philpot, Robby Strother, and Gene Monk. The contested race for Zone 5 is between Robby Strother and Annette Hays.
Early voting for all districts will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, in the County Clerk’s Office and will last until 4:30 p.m. on Monday September 18th. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
None of the school districts in Polk County are asking for a change to their millage rate during this election cycle.