Drew County to introduce Vote Sites

Democracy will look different this year in Drew County as the county election committee changed the way voting will take place by replacing the traditional polling sites with vote centers. This will reduce the number of locations available to vote in half, leaving only eight locations open for voting but enabling voters to choose which site is most convenient for them. Historically, Drew County has had sixteen polling sites. Each individual voter was assigned a polling site and, in most cases, could only vote as their assigned location. A vote center allows any registered voter in the county to cast their ballot at any of the vote center locations. The decision to move from polling sites to vote centers was made when new machines were needed, according to the election commission. As the election committees soon found out, the new machines run off wi-fi and need a secure wi-fi connection. While this severly limited the locations available to serve as voting venues in the county, it allows voters the flexibility to choose between the eight existing locations. For early voting, each voter has the option to vote early for a special election in the week prior to the special election and two weeks prior to the primary and general election. If an individual voter is unable to vote on election day, they have the option of casting an absentee vote. Call the Drew County Clerk's office at 870-460-6260 to ask for absentee ballot application as soon as possible. There will be a special election held Tuesday, Feb. 11, with voting from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the one cent road tax that was defeated in 2019. Early voting for that election will be held in the Drew County Courthouse from Tuesday, Feb. 4, through Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.


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