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Voting in a new place?

If you recently received a yellow card from the Lawrence County Election Board, read it carefully.

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

If you recently received a yellow card from the Lawrence County Election Board, read it carefully.

Your polling place has changed.

"We moved thousands of people, which we didn’t want to do, but it was required," said Mary "Sis" Wipert, county election board director.

Redrawing new precinct lines was mandated by state and federal authorities for all counties to do; and it followed what the feds define as "census blocks."

In other words, where before the Board of Elections used section lines, it now must use physical landmarks like roads and creeks to define voting precincts, Mrs. Wipert said.

Although the board received a lot of complaints, it had to be done; and now it’s finished, she said.

"We’ve drawn all our new lines for precincts," Mrs. Wipert said. "Everyone was notified by mail that they had a new precinct or maybe a new polling location."

If you didn’t receive a yellow card in the mail, then your precinct did not change.

So, if you received a card, it’s important to keep it because it has your new voting information on it, Mrs. Wipert said.

If a voter has a question about their new precinct, or just wants to check in which precinct they vote, they can call the Board of Elections at 532-0444.