Election Officials Prepare for New Districts


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The people who prepare local election polling places are busy getting ready for the may primary. They know these maps could change again if a lawsuit is filed.. But for now — they are moving on with the new map.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story.

Marisa Crispell , the Director of Elections for Luzerne County shows us the new congressional maps drawn up by the Pennsylvania supreme court..There ae major changes in the make up of districts across the Commonwealth..

Her first order of business?

 “We’re going to have to make sure statewide voter registration system is updated with all registered voters are issued their new district.”

She says the public will be instructed what those changes are and how they might impact them..

“Everything will be advertised we’ll have map we will have district maps district by district listings will be available on our website in the newspapers. In the districts that are split we will be sending out post cards to registered voters in that district.” said Crispell.

One of those split  districts  is ward one in HazleTowship..some of the voters are now in the new district 8 and others are in the new district 9..but they vote in the same location no problem says Crispell..

“We’ll have two separate poll books for that district. If you are standing in line they’re going to have to look in each poll book to see now if you are in the 8th or 9t district.”

Jim Montone is chairman of the Hazle Townshhip Board of Supervisors..he thinks having a split district might be a good thing..

“I didn’t  think its a bad thing. I think we’ll have two voices in the US. House so two are always better that one.”

And keep in mind..this can all change in a heartbeat if a lawsuit is filed challenging the high court’s maps.. 

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