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February 18, 2014

17,000 Cullman Co voters affected by redistricting, reapportionment

Approximately 17,000 Cullman County voters will be impacted by changes for the upcoming 2014 general election, from being assigned a different polling place to voting for a different state house representative.  

The Cullman County Board of Registrars has sent notices out to those registered voters affected by redistricting of precinct lines and reapportionment of elected officials' districts due to the 2010 Census. Cullman County has 49,548 registered voters.

A bulk of those affected by the changes will be Cullman city voters, said Cullman County Probate Judge Tammy Brown who is the county's chief election official. The primary is June 3, followed by the primary run-off July 15 and general election on Nov. 4.

“To meet the federal and state guidelines, Cullman voters had to be placed into one precinct and then subdivided based on their residence into four sub-districts,” Brown said. “Now, Cullman city residents will vote at the polling location closest to where they live.”

For example, a resident who lives on Dripping Springs Road Southwest may have voted at Cullman City Hall on Second Avenue Northeast instead of the Cullman Civic Center nearby on Fifth Street Southwest.

Another change affecting Cullman city residents will be who they vote for state representative. Previously, voters were split between District 12, currently held by Mac Buttram, and District 11, held by Randall Shedd. But with the state's redrawing of district lines, nearly all of the city of Cullman will be represented by District 12 and a tiny northern portion of  the city will be in District 9, currently held by Ed Henry. District 11's lines moved east out of the city.

Changes to state representative district lines will also affect several county voters, Brown said.

Tentatively, the following Cullman County polling places will have different ballot styles for voters: Cullman County Office Building, Cullman Civic Center, Hanceville City Hall, Garden City Town Hall, Jones Chapel Fire Department, Battleground Fire Department, West Point Community Center/ Town Hall, Vinemont Fire Department, Kelly Community Center, Center Hill Community Center and East Point Community Center.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this if wasn’t for all the hard work by several departments working together, the probate office, board of registrars, county commission, revenue commission office and mapping,” Brown said.

Brown urged voters who received a notice from the county board of registrars or anyone who has questions about where they vote and who they vote for to contact the registrar’s office at (256) 739-3530.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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