New Alcorn district maps move forward

Alcorn StockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Alcorn County circuit clerk and election commissioners are preparing to update information for the statewide election system now that supervisors have adopted new redistricting maps.

The county board this week approved a contract with Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell for his staff to enter new district boundaries into the address library for all addresses in the county that are being assigned to a different district than previously.

The work will include precinct allocations for district supervisors as well as state representatives, and assigning precincts for representatives will have a number of precincts handling voters for two different state representative districts.

The election commission recently received approval from the board of supervisors to divide the College Hill voting precinct into two precincts.

College Hill, previously the county’s largest precinct, included voters from the city of Corinth and also county voters casting their ballots at the American Legion building at Fulton Drive and South Tate Street.

The new split creates a Shady Grove precinct, which will have county voters who previously voted at College Hill now voting at the Biggersville fire station north, while city voters will continue voting at the American Legion building.

Assuring addresses are properly assigned under the new district maps will require physical verification through visits to each address, Caldwell said, and the secretary of state’s office recommended establishing a formal contract for the work.

Completion is expected by primary elections in June 2014.

Caldwell will charge $7,500 for the work, which will be paid from a $12,719 allocation each county receives from the secretary of state’s election division.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com