Mailing of voter cards delayed, to arrive Tuesday or Wednesday

Published 12:11pm Friday, April 18, 2014

The mailing of voter registration cards originally scheduled for earlier this week was delayed until Friday, Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said Friday. He expects voters to receive their new cards by Tuesday or Wednesday.

A total of 22,354 new voter registration cards are being distributed as a result of the redistricting of county supervisors’ districts. New district maps were approved in January after a public hearing was held by the board of supervisors to gain citizen input. The redrawing of district lines was a result of population shifts after the last census.

Since the maps were finalized, the circuit clerk’s office has been busy reviewing the revised district lines and making changes to the voter rolls as needed.

Based on the redistricting, 2,543 voters have either changed district lines or voting locations, Bairfield said. However, new voter registration cards are being sent to every voter, not just the ones affected by the district line changes.

Bairfield said Friday‚Äôs mailing also includes a letter explaining how voters can go to the circuit clerk’s website and obtain detailed information about their district, precinct and school district. The site also allows users to access and view color maps of the county and city districts.

In other election related activity, absentee voting starts Monday for those who will be out of town on the June 3 election day.