by Max Brantley
Thank you for your email and for sharing your voting concerns with us. The PCEC definitely wants everyone to vote who is entitled to vote. I feel confident that between the clerk’s office and Mr. Poe, your situation can be resolved on Monday.Then, from Chief Deputy County Clerk Brandon Wood:
I don’t know if this is the case, but it could be that a neighborhood or part of a neighborhood is assigned to the LRSD although the property address is actually in Pulaski County. I know that at one time, the line separating LRSD and PCSSD divided the LaMarche neighborhood. For simplicity, all residents of LaMarche were allowed to attend LRSD schools, although their property was technically located in PCSSD and they paid PCSSD taxes. I recall that this was done so that children on one side of a street wouldn’t be in the LRSD while children across the street were in the PCSSD. I’m only guessing that you may be in a similar situation where an entire neighborhood is assigned to just one school district for attendance purposes, although your property may lie in the other school district’s boundaries. In your case, your children may be assigned to the LRSD, but your home may actually be in the PCSSD. If this is the case, you would not be allowed to vote in the LRSD election because you are a resident of the PCSSD. As I said, this is only a guess on my part. On Monday, we will provide you with a definite answer.
Please know that both the PCEC and the clerk’s office want every eligible voter to be able to vote. If there is a question, the poll workers are trained to offer a provisional ballot. I will ask Mr. Poe to make certain that is being done. Could you please let me know which early voting site you utilized?
Thank you very much for bringing this matter to our attention. We look forward to resolving this matter for you on Monday.
As we discussed this morning, we have been working with staff at the Pulaski County Election Commission to determine whether your voting address should be in PCSSD or LRSD for voting purposes. To make these determinations, we rely on mapping data provided to us by Metroplan. According to Metroplan’s mapping data, your property appears to be divided by the school boundary such that your house is entirely in PCSSD, while your mailbox and a strip of your front yard are in LRSD. This is true for a number of houses on the west side of Chambery Dr. As has long been our practice, we have assigned your property to PCSSD for voting purposes, because your house appears to be entirely within the boundaries of PCSSD. I understand that both the Pulaski County Assessor and LRSD consider your property to be in LRSD. We will be working with the Assessor to determine whether or not we need to reassign your property for voting purposes so that your voting, taxation, and school assignments all match. As this may take several days to resolve, I would advise you to vote by provisional ballot. We will endeavor to reach a resolution on this matter before the Election Commission considers provisional ballots on 5/18. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.