- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state election panel is sending an election monitor to an eastern Arkansas polling site to keep an eye on early voting.

The move by the state Board of Election Commissioners comes after monitors found several violations during early voting last week at the Phillips County Courthouse. In a letter, board staff members notified Phillips County Clerk Linda White about the infractions and asked that she correct them.

The board didn’t discuss the full extent of the violations Wednesday, though a commissioner noted the location of voting machines inside the courthouse was a problem, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1tlJYPp ) reported.

Commissioner Stu Soffer said the machines were set up in a hallway where someone walking by could see who another person was voting for. He said the location violates state election law.

“This has been ongoing for years,” Soffer said. “The clerk has been aware of these problems for years … it’s not like the problem hasn’t been known or the voters haven’t been complaining.”

Board attorney Tim Humphries said White had told him that she didn’t have anywhere else to put the machines. She asked the Phillips County Election Commission to take over managing early voting, but the commission declined, he said.

The board unanimously voted to send the monitor Thursday and Friday, and to find a monitor for Saturday and Monday. The general election is Tuesday.

The board’s director, Justin Clay, said the purpose of sending another monitor back to the county courthouse is to watch how the clerk’s office is addressing the violations that monitors found.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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