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Changes ahead for voters

Friday, March 30, 2012

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Bedford County administrator of elections Summer Leverette watches as a noisy dot matrix printer cranks out thousands of new voter registration cards. District boundaries and some precinct locations are changing, and other precincts are being closed.
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Between district changes, seven voter precincts that are being closed and three more that are getting new polling places, about 18,000 Bedford County citizens will receive new voter registration cards within the next few weeks.

For the most part, only those whose information is changing will receive new cards, according to Bedford County administrator of elections Summer Leverette. In a few cases, however, it was simpler to print out cards for an entire street or highway, even if some of those living on that street aren't changing.

What's coming

Here is a summary of the changes:

l District changes: Each 10 years, legislative districts at every level must be redrawn to reflect population changes as measured by the U.S. Census. The idea is to make sure that each district has about the same population, so that each voter has an equal say in the process. There were changes in county commission districts and city council ward boundaries which will move some voters out of one district and into another.

l Closed precincts: Seven of the county's 18 voting precincts are being closed, according to Leverette: Longview, Halls Mill, Rover, Wheel, Liberty, Raus and the courthouse precinct. That will leave 11 precincts open on Election Day.

The closure of the courthouse precinct only affects Election Day voting; Bedford County Courthouse will still be the location for early voting for the entire county.

Leverette said the precinct closures address several problems, primarily a difficulty in recruiting sufficient poll workers for each election. By closing the number of precincts, the number of workers required will decrease, reducing operating costs.

In addition, some precinct locations are not handicapped-accessible and some lack mobile phone signal coverage, making it difficult for the election office to keep in touch with them during an election.

l New precinct locations: Three precincts are changing locations. The Wartrace precinct will move from the town's gymnasium to Wartrace Baptist Church; the Normandy precinct will move from the fire hall to Normandy Baptist Church; and the airport precinct will move from Shelbyville Municipal Airport to Fair Haven Baptist Church.

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Precincts

The new precinct list:

Wartrace Baptist Church

Bell Buckle (Webb School)

Fair Haven Baptist Church

Unionville Fire Hall

Bedford (WBTS Community Center)

Flat Creek Community Center

Normandy Baptist Church

East Side Elementary

Deery Eakin Elementary

Thomas Magnet School

Southside School

The next scheduled election is Aug. 2, which will include both a general election for county offices and primary elections for state and federal offices.

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