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Election Commission readies poll workers and revises emergency plan, complaint procedures

Update: Mr. Meyers has clarified that his complaint did make it to the State Board of Election Commissioners. This article has been updated to reflect this new information. The Baxter County Election Commission met last Thursday, Jan. 11 to discuss poll worker and poll judge training, a preliminary emergency plan and voting machine complaint…

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Baxter County Election Commission elects Smith as new chairman, discusses new electronic pollbooks and HQ changes

Baxter County Election Commissioner Gary Smith (R) has officially been voted in as the chairman of the Baxter County Election Commission following a unanimous vote by Commissioners Bob Bodenhamer (D) and Bill Andres (R) during a Wednesday morning meeting at the Baxter County Courthouse. Smith is returning to the election commission after losing his seat…

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Baxter County Republicans re-elect Gary Smith to his old seat on Election Commission

The Baxter County Republican Committee elected former Baxter County Election Commissioner Gary Smith as their replacement pick for the Baxter County Election Commission following the resignation of former commissioner Lynn Weaver on June 1. Weaver resigned from the commission not long after it was discovered that she and the other commissioners serving on the BCEC…

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Baxter County Republican Party misses legal deadline to install new election commissioner

The Baxter County Republican Committee has missed its legal deadline to nominate a new election commissioner for the Baxter County Election Commission by nearly a full month following former commissioner Lynn Weaver’s resignation on June 1. Weaver resigned from the commission shortly after it was discovered that she and the other commissioners serving on the…

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Baxter County Personnel Committee votes to create Election Coordinator position, request sent to Quorum Court for approval

Election changes may be coming. Last Thursday, the Baxter County Personnel Committee voted unanimously to put forth an ordinance to the Baxter County Quorum Court to hire a County Election Coordinator to assist the Baxter County Election Commission in its efforts to conduct transparent and timely elections. Voter Registration and Elections Deputy Clerk Lindsay Roberts…

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Weaver resigns from Baxter County Election Commission

The Baxter County Election Commission has found itself without a chairperson after Commissioner Lynne Weaver (R) resigned from her position last Thursday. The word of Weaver’s departure from the commission came to Baxter County Judge Kevin Litty on Thursday morning.   Voter Registration and Elections Deputy Clerk Lindsay Roberts will assist remaining Baxter County Election…

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BCEC admits violating FOIA over recount, Patriot emails reveal political push for paper ballots

The Baxter County Election Commission’s decision to conduct a recount and audit of the May 9 election appears to have been made through a series of unofficial and undocumented meetings spanning the length of a year and a half. Following an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for meeting minutes surrounding the commission’s decision…

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Election Commissioners drag feet in turning over election data

The two new Republican Commissioners for the Baxter County Election Commission are lagging to fulfill their public pledges of transparency. Newly elected in February, both commissioners were Ozark Patriot picks. Following Tuesday’s election, both Republican Commissioners Bill Andres and Lynn Weaver repeatedly pushed off turning over documented elections results to the Observer and other members…

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