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A Better Region 8: Transparency in elections

Voting in elections is one of the most important things we can do as Americans.  It is our civic duty, it decides our future and is our responsibility. 

On Election Night, we invest financial resources and many hours of time by dedicated people with the mission to bring you accurate and updated numbers as soon as they are available. 

The way several counties in Arkansas did it Tuesday night: Local election commissions counted the votes and released numbers as the precincts were counted. We reported those numbers as soon as they came out, so you the viewer knew who was winning, and who was losing.

Tuesday's Primary was a frustrating one for Craighead County. Because of computer issues, the Craighead County Election Commission chose to hold on to the FINAL numbers for the entire county until all the votes were counted.

That means in races like the Craighead County Judge’s race, the candidates went to bed not knowing who won…until 19 hours after the polls closed.

The Election Commission should be more transparent. There should be no doubts, no suspicion, no cloud over this sacred right because the Election Commission refused to release numbers as the precincts were tallied. 

The way they handled this Primary should make us all ask questions.

Understanding that things happen, but being transparent and willing to communicate to the public…and the candidates, is the kind of respect voters and candidates deserve.

Being honest and forthright, makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager 

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