The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 3, 2012

Voter cards being sent to residents in redrawn districts

By Kelly Kazek
kelly@athensnews-courier.com

ATHENS — The Limestone County Board of Registrars began Wednesday mailing new voter cards to residents whose Athens voting-district lines have changed.

The redistricting, implemented after 2010 census figures were released last year and recently approved by the United States Department of Justice, moves a few hundred people from District 2 to District 5.

Lee Liveoak, chairman of the Board of Registrars, said about 680 people will move to District 5 and of those 340 are registered voters. Those residents will receive new cards to reflect that, and they should bring the cards to the polls for the municipal elections Aug. 28, and the general election Nov. 6.

Although people can use a driver’s license as identification, the voter card allows poll workers to verify voter registration more quickly and speeds the process.

District 2 City Councilman Harold Wales said he thinks as many as 634 people will be affected, moving from his district to that of Councilwoman Milly Caudle.

“Although I do understand why it is necessary to redraw our city district lines to achieve a fair voting equal representation for each district, I am disappointed having to give up approximately 634 people who have supported me over my two terms as city councilman by welcoming me into their homes and their front yards to express their concerns and desires for the city of Athens,” Wales said.

Voters with questions about the change should contact the Board of Registrars at 256-233-6405 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or visit www.alabamavotes.gov.