Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
September 21st, 2017 • News

September 21, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • Arkansas has 238 separate school districts and many of them held elections this week to determine the membership of their school boards. Traditionally, school elections in Arkansas have been held in September. However, because of a new law that will go into effect in January, this is the last year that Arkansas voters will elect board members in September.
  • Beginning in 2018, school board members will be elected either in the May primaries or the November general election. This change will create some problems for county clerks. One reason is that school district boundaries rarely coincide with other political subdivisions, such as legislative districts, municipal wards and districts for county quorum courts.
  • That means preparing ballots will require more time and expense for county clerks. That’s one reason I voted against the bill changing the school election dates. School boards must notify county clerks in advance if they intend to hold elections in May or in November. In 2018, the deadline for notifying clerks will be February 22, which is the first day of the filing period for candidates.
  • The change only affects election dates for school board members. When school boards need to schedule an election on millage rates and bond issues, they will not have to coincide with primaries or general elections.
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