After mostly successful election cycle, Sec. of State’s Office still expects to discuss reform legislation

Counties did 'great job handling flow,' director says

By Andrew Epperson

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — It’s taken more than a week for some states to report their final election results, but Arkansas’ unofficial vote tally for the majority of the state didn’t take long to be released. The Secretary of State Office’s Director of Elections said she was pleased with counties’ handling of this election cycle but noted changes could be on the way.

Leslie Bellamy has worked on Arkansas’ elections for nearly 25 years, and she said this cycle’s been unlike any other.

“I think out counties did a great job handling the flow,” Bellamy said. “I was pleasantly surprised at how early we went home.”

A record number of absentee ballots proved to be a new challenge for election workers to count, but Bellamy said the pre-Election Day processing period made last Tuesday go much smoother than expected. READ MORE.

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