I've been working on another story, of late, so haven't been able to cover the precinct place mess in Garland County, AR which emerged over the weekend. (What's the matter with Arkansas when it comes to elections?! See my exclusive on Monroe County from late last week, for just one possible answer, in case you're wondering). Also, I was happy to see the issue getting plenty of coverage from sites like DailyKos and MoveOn, etc., so didn't feel I was either needed, or had anything additional to add at the moment.
But, as the bizarre decision/behavior by the Garland County Election Commissioner Charles Tapp could come into play tomorrow, depending on the reported results of the hotly contested Democratic U.S. Senate primary run-off election between incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter --- and as so many have written in to make sure I knew about the situation (I do) --- it seems worth at least flagging here for now at The BRAD BLOG, to make sure that you know about it.
For that, allow me to defer to Joyce McCloy's Voting News coverage of the coverage today...
AR: Making Sense of the Closed Polls in Arkansas * (text, video interviews & photos):
AR: Garland County Election Controversy: Voters Turned Away * (video avail)
At first, he said an attorney with the Secretary of State's office advised him he could do it, so he made the announcement.
But he later came across an Arkansas law that requires him to give at least 5 days notice to the public when opening a polling location.
UPDATE 6/8/10: One more for now, also courtesy Joyce this morning, for those wondering who Garland had supported in the general primary election on May 18th:
Garland County was the most populous county Halter won on May 18. He received 44 percent of the county’s vote to Lincoln’s 40 percent.