Chris Watson, a consultant with Bridge and Slaughter LLC of Oxford, has worked with county officials to develop recommendations for the changes included in the voting precinct consolidations.
said different precincts have to be created to fit the different elected positions within each district. Watson
said that "you and your neighbor might have the same justice court, school board and legislative district, but a different supervisors district," or some other arrangement. "The process was applied to all precincts," and working in conjunction with the school redistricting, Watson
said, they were able to move some of the lines around and to consolidate some voting precincts.
"That's the bottom line as I understand it," said Watson
noted that voters do have the option to vote absentee ballots.
said the sites could remain, but that would cost the county a lot to make them all handicapped accessible and for new voting machines. "The county's revenue stream is limited," said Watson
was not diminishing the importance of anyone's vote, but this has to do with the economics of operating a voting precinct for nine voters.He
also said with the precinct realignment legislative lines and school district lines had to be considered, in addition to supervisors' and justice court lines.