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Vacancy to be declared on Craighead County Quorum Court after resignation


A member of the Craighead County Quorum Court is resigning.  

Ken Stacks’ last meeting he attended at the Craighead County Quorum Court was in June.  For the past nine-months, Stacks has missed meetings due to a lengthy illness. 

His absences have been the subject of recent discussions on the court on how to handle the situation.  At the Monday meeting, Craighead County Judge Ed Hill held up a letter of resignation from Stacks that will be effective April 30th

In two weeks, the Quorum Court will officially declare a vacancy.  Applications would then be accepted and Governor Asa Hutchinson would appoint someone to serve the rest of the term.  The term ends December 31st.  

Brad Noel is the only one who filed to run for the seat that Stacks held.  Noel will fill the seat January first.

In other news, the Quorum Court approved an ordinance that would allocate 380-thousand dollars to go toward the purchase of new voting machines.  This is part of a 50/50 match with the state of Arkansas.  The 120 current machines are 14 years old.  The new machines are similar to the old machines, in that there will be a touch screen machine.  The new machines will spit out a paper copy of your ballot to assure you voted how you wanted to vote.  The new machines will also allow for central polling centers that will allow voters to cast ballots wherever they can.  Those should be in place by the November election.