Commission Preserves Election Night Updates

Posted: October 30, 2010 at 5:51 a.m.

Benton County residents will get election night voting updates because the county’s Election Commission reached a compromise Friday after a tumultuous two-hour meeting.

AT A GLANCE

Early Voting Hours

Benton County has four polling places open for early voting today and three will be open Monday. Voting hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Voters can cast their ballots at any of the Benton County Clerk’s three offices today and Monday. The offices are at 215 E. Central Ave. in Bentonville, 300 W. Poplar St. in Rogers and 707 S. Lincoln St. in Siloam Springs. The fourth early voting location — Riordan Hall, at 3 Riordan Drive in Bella Vista — is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, but will be closed Monday.

Source: Benton County Clerk’s Office

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Tom Sisson was at a different meeting than I was at yesterday!!! There are 2 hours of omissions left out of this article! Left out was the condescending 'tone' Bill Williams used with EVERYBODY there! Left out was the budget matter as the budget has not been voted on by the three commissioners. Then Williams submitted the budget to Richard McComas himself! E J Miller asked for the budget back from the Quorum Court to vote on it! Miller & Balfe have not even SEEN the budget! Left out was the fact that two new employees are going to be tabulating the votes! One new employee has worked there about 2 months with ZERO election experience!!! This person will be running ERM. Left out was Williams not giving an answer to the Copelins as to why they were fired from Centerton precinct as poll workers. Left out was the fact that Williams & Huston LIED about the reason there was a chartered flight to Omaha! The list goes on, folks! Those that were not there, will have to wait for who knows how long, for the board minutes to be posted on the Benton Co web site, as they have not been updated since Aug 27th. Sounds to me like they don't want the public to know what is going on!

Posted by: 36tudor

October 30, 2010 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Perhaps Howler should start his or her own newspaper. Sissom and his editors obviously chose to focus on the controversy over election updates, a decision he has the right to make, and ignore the squabbling over other matters. I may not always agree with Bill Williams but he is a person of integrity who does not lie.

Posted by: Afranius

October 30, 2010 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't call it squabbling! Serious questions were asked, & no answers were given! Taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going! Since when do departments have the right to an open check book! The commission has three members - but this one has turned into a dictatorship of one! And Williams is not a liar? The problem over the ballots can't all be put on the company that prints them. Huston left a candidate off the ballot! That is pretty serious! And Williams claimed it was the company running behind! Honesty, integrity & transparency is very much lacking in that office! Yes, Sissom has the right to print what he wants, but the issues raised were not 'squabblings'! People are demanding answers & not getting them! Williams was asked to step down by both parties & he refused to do it. He should know when he's not wanted & not trusted!

Posted by: 36tudor

October 30, 2010 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Oh, and Howler is very happy where I work! I am just demanding accountability of my elected, appointed & hired officials! That's the basis of our government! And it's a pretty sad state when accountability is not forthcoming from the people conducting our elections! Every voter in Benton County needs to be concerned! Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and there is a whole lot of wrong coming out of that office!

Posted by: 36tudor

October 30, 2010 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What charter company provided the flight to Omaha?

Posted by: Stanislav

October 30, 2010 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I went back through my notes taken at the board meeting, & didn't find the name of the company. It would be interesting to know who it was! And you want to hear an almost funny one? Bob Balfe was already in Omaha the day the flight was made! If Williams & Huston hadn't been so secretive - even with the other commissioners - Balfe could have picked up the ballots & saved a whole lot of money! (And another funny thing - Afranius who commented above? It has been brought to my attention that Afranius is actually Bill Williams himself! Integrity & honest, my foot!

Posted by: 36tudor

October 30, 2010 at 9:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"AT A GLANCE
Airplane Charter
The Benton County Election Commission chartered an airplane from Summit Aviation in Bentonville on Oct. 9 for a round trip to Omaha, Neb., to pick up election material. The commission was charged $1,100 for the trip.
Source: Benton County"
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2010/oc...

Posted by: QuestionEverything

October 31, 2010 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thank you for posting this, QuestionAuthority. I had found the article this morning, and had not had a chance to post it yet.

Perhaps Nov 2nd at the next board meeting, we may be able to get some answers! Some how I doubt it though, we will be put off again, as it is also election day. They should have more to do than calling ANOTHER board meeting, at $100 pay per commissioner! That's $1,200 minimum a month, out of the tax payers pockets, to supplement these guys income!

Posted by: 36tudor

October 31, 2010 at 3:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

howler -
While you're at the board meeting, could you maybe find out how much and what type of pay the two election officials received for their 5-6 hour trip?
I keep seeing where others also ask this question, and no one answers...

Posted by: QuestionEverything

October 31, 2010 at 7:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I will sure do what I can to find out! I can tell you that the commissioners get paid $100 a pop - ie board meetings, training sessions, etc plus mileage. County employees get paid regular hours. Overtime up to 20 hours is put into a comp-time bank. Anything over 20 hours is paid out time & a half. I'm betting it is a well guarded secret, however. I know that there are those that have filed FOIA to get the facts. So far, they're still waiting!

What astounds me, is that these commissioners are voted on by their party central committees for the positions. Chairman is then chosen by majority vote by the 3 commissioners. This means that the most popular person becomes commissioner, whether they know ANYTHING about elections, or not! Most have never even stepped into the office until their first board meeting! These guys haven't the slightest idea on what they need to do to perform a good election! They just start off, throwing their own ideas in the mix & haven't a clue to the mess they are causing, let alone the legality of what they are doing! I have lived here several years, & have worked several years at an election commission in another state. And I've got to tell you, Arkansas laws need to change! We the voters should have the choice of who we want, running our elections! And we the voters should have the right to have a way to remove these people if it is necessary! This is unconceivable to me that there is no way to remove these guys - not even the central committee chairman that helped get them into the office in the first place can remove them. We the voters have to be stuck with this nonsense until his term is up? Lord help us all!

Posted by: 36tudor

October 31, 2010 at 7:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Something to think about...

“If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.”

Noah Webster

Posted by: 36tudor

November 1, 2010 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )