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November 6, 2012

Redistricting causes confusion in Ripley community

— Recent changes in the redistricting lines in Limestone County had citizens in the Ripley community looking twice at their ballots this morning.

Some discovered the officials they intended to vote for were not on their ballots.

Approximately 167 residents in the community vote in District 4. Prior to the new redistricting plans, however, some voted in District 3, including citizens living on Shaw Road, north of U.S. 72. Another 577 Ripley residents vote in District 3.

Redistricting called for the citizens to continue to vote in the same District 3 location, but vote for District 4 officials.

When the polls opened this morning at the Ripley Woodmen of the World building, voters who realized the issue had to spoil ballots and were told to come back later to vote.

By 9 a.m., Limestone County Elections Director Bobbi Bailey said the issue was resolved. She said she spoke with the inspector at the location and that a note had been placed on the ballot machine that asked voters to be sure their ballots were correct before placing them to be counted.

“Once that ballot is in the machine, it’s over,” Bailey said. “However, if a problem is brought the inspector, any error can be resolved.”

Bailey added that any voter turned away while the issue was being resolved could return to the location to vote.

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