County OKs redistricting map

Howard County commissioners gave their proposed precinct boundaries a thumbs up Monday morning, with the proposed redistricting design expected to be presented to the U.S. Justice Department for final approval.

The county was forced to make minor changes to its previous redistricting model due to lines shifted by the city of Big Spring during its most recent meeting on the matter, but the changes proved to be little problem for attorney Robert Bass, who is handling restricting duties for both entities.

According to County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom, should the proposed changes be approved by the federal government, it will spell crunch time for her and her staff in preparing for the march politicial party primaries, which will include a hotly contested presidential contest.

“Redistricting won't go into effect until Jan. 1, so it won't have any effect at all on the constitutional amendment election in November,” Bloom said. “However, the voter registration cards can't be sent out until after the new plans are approved, so they will most likely go out a little bit later than normal this year if the plan is approved by the U.S. Justice Department."

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