Northwest Arkansas model sparks regional election commission groups

By Scarlet Sims
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

FAYETTEVILLE — Five regional groups representing Arkansas county election commissioners have started up after state officials saw the success of a group in Northwest Arkansas, said Heather McKim, deputy director for the State Board of Election Commissioners.

"You guys sparked a fire with us," McKim said. "We realized we need to be doing this all over the state."

Since April, groups have started up and met in northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest and central Arkansas, McKim said. Washington County had a small, regional group in 2015 but expanded it in April to include 11 counties.

Washington County's information and presentation at that meeting was used as a model for other regions, McKim said.

The move toward regional meetings is meant to create more communication between "sister" counties and more cohesion in the election process statewide, McKim said. The board plans to act as a bridge between the regional groups, she said. Read more.

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