MADISON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — Madison County is looking for ways to save for its future by cutting the number of precincts down from 17 to nine.
County Clerk Faron Ledbetter said this will make better use of tax dollars.
He said it could save $100,000 per year, which would be used for purchasing new voting machines by 2020.
Ledbetter said with more voters heading to the polls early, less precincts are actually needed on election day.
“A third of our vote was already cast before election day due to absentee and early voting already taking place, and when you have that many people early vote its less people on election day,” Ledbetter said.
Ledbetter adds some facilities in rural Madison County don’t meet requirements to be handicap accessible and this will also make polling sites more consistent.