Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 14, 2014

Greenup County to clarify precinct boundaries

GREENUP — Greenup county officials are looking to “clean up” voting precinct boundaries for local elections in order to help residents know exactly which precinct they belong to, a task County Clerk Pat Heineman said she has been trying to accomplish for years.

 Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter brought up the issue during Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, saying Heineman requested the court pay FIVCO employee Eric Patton $30 for dedicating his personal time to the project.

Heineman said she approached the state board of elections twice to have the precinct descriptions and boundaries clarified, but was turned down.

She said she needed the mapping expertise and resources of Patton to help her present the board with a better and more specific layout of the precincts.

The court unanimously approved the project’s expenditure, but Heineman said Friday she will not be approaching the Legislative Research Committee and state board of elections until after this year’s general election.

She made it clear that even though she is waiting to get it approved until after the election, her detailing project does not affect voting strategy. She explained that lines defining commissioner districts are lawfully entrenched so they cannot be in any way altered by her office.

“I just want to clear up the vague descriptions we have and make the lines clear for everyone so that there is no confusion,” she said. The descriptions she is referring to are basically verbal indications of where the lines of precincts run, using geographical markers and indicators, like railroads and street names.

She said the precinct map her office references is badly outdated.

“It doesn’t even have the Industrial Parkway on it,” she said.

But she said this clarity problem is not unique to Greenup County.

“I’m sure there are problems with precincts in Boyd County and Carter County and many other counties. It was something I had put on the backburner for a while, but it’s something I want to make sure gets done,” she said.

The only real changes that could be made in cleaning up the precincts would be consolidating smaller precincts into one larger precinct, but she said that still will not affect voting.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653. For Twitter updates, follow @lanabellamy_DI.

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