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Census redistricting results in 70 new voting precincts throughout the county, along with absentee confusion

February 19, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

Some county voters are confused because they have received an absentee mail ballot even though they didn't ask for one.

New voting precinct boundaries resulted in 70 new precincts, including 60 new permanent mail precincts.

Census redistricting moved the county supervisorial boundaries and county Registrar of Voters Dolores Provencio took the opportunity to redraw voting precincts.

"The changes allow us to work specifically with voters in a special district," Provencio said.

The changes save the county money on printing ballots, lessen confusion for polling place workers and make counting easier, she said.

For example, Provencio said, precinct 336A was in supervisors' District 3 and had five parts.

Part one voted for Imperial Valley College trustee District 1, the Holtville school board and Imperial Irrigation District Division 5.

Part two voted for Imperial Valley College trustee District 2, Meadows and Central Union High school boards and was in IID Division 3.

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Each one of the precinct parts was a distinct ballot. Now each part is a separate precinct, she said.

"It was like this when I came into office and I knew we needed to change. I decided to do it when the supervisorial districts changed," Provencio said.

Precincts under 250 voters automatically have to become mail precincts, she said. No one has a choice. It's governed by law.

Voters in mail precincts will no longer go to a polling place to vote, Provencio said.

Mail ballots must be received by election day on March 5. Postmarks on ballots don't count, she said. Voters can drop off ballots at polling places on election day.

For more information, call the county Elections Office 482-4226.

A list of polling places is available on the county's Web site at: http://www.co.imperial.ca.us/election/

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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