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Putnam Election Commission Approves New Voting Precinct Lines

The Putnam County Election Commission approved new voting precinct lines Wednesday with a change to one voting location anticipated.

Administrator Michelle Honeycutt said district four currently votes at the Poplar Grove Community Center, but the precinct has outgrown the building under the new redistricting plan.

“The precinct that Poplar Grove was our smallest, and since it took in some of the 12 and some of the 5th, it’s now bigger,” Honeycutt said. “I can not tell you the number of voters in there yet until we get the number back from the state.”

Chairman Phillip Adams said Poplar Grove Church could be a location to consider moving district four elections. Adams said the election commission will likely consider the matter for a vote in January or February.

Honeycutt said about 950 addresses county wide are subject to move precincts. County Commissioner Ben Rodgers said the new precincts match the commission district lines approved by the county.

“Based on the shifts of the county commission districts, we came in and made the precincts match up to not only commission lines, but those within the commission districts what was going to make it easier for the voter to get to,” Rodgers said.

2020 Census numbers and a new redistricting plan caused the changes.  Election Commissioner David Duke said that it “Is to really make things more fair, make representation more even.”

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