Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ada County Creates More Voting Precincts, Redistricts its Commissioners

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

One of the trickle-down effects of the state's contentious redistricting process is the establishment of new voting precinct boundaries. As a result, Ada County has increased its number of precincts from 141 to 145.

"Voters should now see shorter lines and have shorter drives to polling locations," said Ada Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane.

Prior to redrawing the boundaries, some large Ada County precincts had upwards of 3,000 voters, but the change brings the average down to around 1,400.

Additionally, new boundaries have been set to determine which parts of Ada County are represented by which county commissioner.

District 1 will include the central Boise region and the central Foothills. The district has been represented by Sharon Ullman but she now lives in another district; therefore this seat will be open in this year's election.

District 2 will include west Boise, north Meridian, Eagle and Star. The district is represented by Rick Yzaguirre, who will be up for re-election in 2014.

District 3 will include eastern and south Ada County. The district is currently represented by Vern Bisterfeldt, who is expected to run for re-election later this year. Ullman is expected to challenge him.

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