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County clerk catches error that would prevent people from voting

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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Errors on a list of felons who can and can’t vote could keep eligible voters from casting a ballot in November.

According to Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday, his office was able to catch the mistake and ensure eligible people could vote.

Holliday said in a press release that his office recently received notification from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office of several felons that were due to be processed and updated.

He said this is normally a straightforward process, but he said they took a closer look because of the size of the file, that it was sent in an effort to match from a new data source, and the considerable time span the information covered.

Holliday was told by the Secretary of State’s Office to proceed with processing as his office deemed appropriate since they were concerned.

His office worked with the parole and probation office to check each of the 153 individuals on the list to see which sentences had been fulfilled or pardoned and which were still outstanding.

Through that check, 91 people were found to have their sentence fulfilled.

The remaining were either unfulfilled or currently in jail and were processed normally.

Holliday said he is thankful for the work of the deputy clerks who handle voting in Craighead County as well as the probation and parole workers.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about their voting eligibility, you can check at www.voterview.ar-nova.org or contact the county clerk’s office at 870-933-4520.

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