Clerks in 7th House Dist. 'under the gun' to get ready for special election

10/31/2013 04:43 PM

Some Daviess County voters who get to cast ballots in the Dec. 10 special election for the 7th House District don’t yet know where they’re going to vote.

And that has the Daviess County clerk scrambling.

The 7th District will be the first House race run under new district lines that the General Assembly passed in August. The changes to the district altered the configuration of most of the precincts in Daviess County. And the redrawn precinct map still must be approved by the Kentucky state Board of Elections.

Daviess County Chief Deputy Clerk Richard House said the clerk’s office know who the voters are and where they live, but he’s “under the gun” to re-assign them to their voting precincts once the board approves the new map. Under the redistricting map only two of the 20 precincts in Daviess County remained the same.

“We’ve got to move all of these voters,” House said.

Once the voters are “moved” into new precincts by the State Board of Elections, the board can print new voter registration cards with updated polling places. House says he will send out the cards as soon as they come in from the board and the maps are approved.

Bradford Queen, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, said the process in the 7th House District is “on-going” but that they’ll be “ready to go soon.”

However, making things more complicated for clerks will be the day the election is held. Dec. 10 is on a school day, and 11 of the precincts polling places are at schools. So the county will bring in sheriff’s deputies to protect the kids.

Meanwhile, the race for the 13th state Senate District in Lexington — the other special election that will be held Dec. 10 — won’t be affected. The map enacted by the General Assembly does not split any precincts, so everything stays the same for voters.

All of Kentucky’s counties will update their precinct level maps through the process with approval by the State Board of Elections, but the counties have until the filing deadline of January 28 to have maps completed and approved.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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