Rush County Clerk Debbie Richardson attended a recent meeting of the Rush County Commissioners and requested that the county leaders agree to reduce the number of city voting precincts.
Currently, Rushville has six voting precincts within city limits; that number will be reduced to three in the near future, according to Richardson.
“The proposed precincts will match up with the new city council lines that went into effect during December, 2012,” Richardson said.
She continued by saying that prior to making the request to consolidate and redistrict the precincts a number of state requirements had to be met.
“If the precinct lines are identical to the city council boundary lines and the number of active registered voters is less than 1,500 within those boundaries, the switch can be made. The reason the process has taken nearly 10 months to complete is that we had to go through and look at the number of registered and active voters in each of the proposed areas and confirm they did not exceed the state mandated voter threshold of 1,500,” Richardson said.
During the 2012 election, city voters cast their ballots at a central location, the RushShelby Community Building at the Rush County Fairgrounds. During future elections, the community building will again serve in that capacity.
Richardson concluded by saying that once completed the consolidation will save local taxpayer dollars by reducing the number of workers that man the polls, and that the state election commission has the final step in the approval process.
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